Opened about an hour and half before serving, WOW!!!!! amazingly youthful. Dark, brown/brick red edges, Roses, flowers, smoke, tar and cherry aromas, Dry tannins remain but rather smooth and settled, I was worried about this but wow! this could have sat another five years at least. Drinking very well right now.
CNY Dinner 2013 - Welcoming the Year of the Snake (William & Gina's): Excellent. I first had this a year-and-a-half ago, and while the wine does not seem to have developed much in the intervening period, it is still every bit as good as I remembered it being. Opened 4.5 hours before serving, it had a dropdead gorgeous nose when poured blind into our glasses, with perfumy drifts of roses and violets, damson plums and blackberries, and a nice whiff or smoke and tar that left us in no doubt that this was a Nebbiolo. The palate was still stunningly young and fresh, with a cloak of the finest grained tannins and lively acidity laced through ripe, high-toned flavours of black cherries and berries. One would be hard-pressed to call this a 1989 given how youthful it showed. Again, it was not the most complex of wines, finishing a bit tight, with a slightly bittersweet ring of tar and smoke wed to some mouthwatering acidity. I thought this was very good indeed if not quite special at the moment. Give it a few more years though, and it should be lovely.
National Day Lunch at Ken's (Ken & Cynthia's, Binjai Park): Lovely stuff - this was a solid wine just edging into its drinking window. It had a lovely nose, clearly Piedmontese, with flecks of metal and balsamic showing it age, a ream of smoky mineral, some dark berries and cherries and a nice whiff of earth and truffles. The palate still had a lovely freshness and liveliness to it, with almost citrus acidity running through round, full flavours of dark cherries and berries laced with some tar, earth and dried flowers. Not the most complex in the world at the moment - one got the feel that there was lots more to come yet - but it was immensely enjoyable to drink even so, with all the parts of the wine nicely integrated into a deliciously succulent whole. Past the mid-palate, there was just the tiniest lick of the finest tannins carrying the wine into a lovely finish. A really nice wine, probably my favourite of the day, and it certainly helped that it was a brilliant pairing with Ken's tea-smoked chicken. Yum. On the cusp of maturity, this should do really well in another 3-4 years.
Had at Locanda Locatelli in London at Jana's surprise birthday dinner. We were originally thinking of ordering the Giacosa Asili Barbaresco 2003 but the somelier suggested that this drinks better now. I was reluctant as I absolutely adore Giacosa's wines and had not heard of Dante Rivetti before but what a lovely surprise! This wine is drinking beautifully now. Had with fried eggs and white truffle and held its own. Don't know whether it will last for much longer, but its definitely an absolute pleasure to drink now.
Decanted for 4 hours - great molasses notes, tremendous finish, nice acidity, agree with the previous tasting notes but i believe they didnt decant it as long. with a long decant this wine was singing.
Light-medium garnet red to an orange rim. Aromas of cherries, earth, dried violets, grilled meat. Medium-bodied, with red fruit, spice. Fully integrated tannins. A little thin on the back-palate. Short finish, ~20s.