I tried giving this bottle days of air, trying a bit each day. At no point did it produce anything remotely worth the tariff. Loads of chewy, grippy, drying tannin, ripe black fruit, cedar. Finish is sour cherry and cedar until the drying tannins take over.
Herbs and heat on the nose. Very little fruit on the palate with medium+ tingly harsh tannin. Finished hot (surprised only 13.5%, felt like a percentage point more). I tried over 12 hours to coax some enjoyment from this wine. Several times, I thought "Oh, there's some fruit…" but it was a mirage, drawing me in only to clamp down with punishing tannin. Wife (tasting blind after 12 hours open) thought it was over the hill. I don't think it ever saw a hill.
40 min decant (needs 1.5 hrs) medium bodied, wine has nearly completely integrated, perhaps would be better with another year or two but not by much. Has the bones to hold up for another 7-10 years. Medium finish, a bit chewy, no heat. It's just off by the slightest, doesn't have that "wow" factor. Average value considering the age.
Dinner at NoMad (NYC): The bottle was just opened before being poured so perhaps with some more hours in a decanter this would have been a different experience. Strict, classic, cherry driven, decent if tight nose, was actually better on its own than with the food, although balanced and not lacking in scidity.
A nice middle-aged Barolo. The palate has a hint of fruit but features more tar and leather. The body is relatively elegant and focused with a smoothly textured tannic and acidic structure, particularly highlighted on the finish.
Pours clear brick red. First nose/taste right out of the bottle is minty, balsamic. Tight, with strong acidity and tannins. Decanted. After 30 minutes, picked up iodinie, iron/blood, cherries. 2 hours: some forest floor funk, meaty taste -- bacon, caramelized onion? Black olive. Coming together. Flowers. Around 4 hours this is really starting to come alive with fruit and spice, tannins getting better integrated. Nose opening up to more fruit, dark licorice. Near the 6 hour point, tannins are still mouth-coating, but the wine has come together very nicely. Black truffles make their first appearance @6+. Campfire. Quite lovely. If the finish were a little longer, this would be great. Thinking about 90-91 right now. Could get better with a bit more age.
TTTG Blind (Piemonte) (Coventry, CT): Very simple, but nice enough. Very young, with punishing tannin. Cherry fruit just starting to yield to some tertiary development. But, will the fruit outlast the tannin?
Piedmont wines at Mike's (Coventry, CT): Not a style of wine I enjoy; the fruit here's rather ripe and framed by rather noticeable new oak, and there's a faint tinge of alcoholic warmth on the back end.
Very good - just shy of being really great. Beautifully soft on the palate, w/ tobacco / wet forest floor and an evolved discreet fruit w/ slightly drying tannins. Finish fell short of making this an incredible wine.
Love the nose of cherries and a bit of cranberry. Pretty-delicate ruby color. Opened a bottle a few weeks back and had the same overall review, but this one had a bit more on the palate and finish that gave me a better impression overall. Nice wine that would probably have showed better a few years ago.
The nose on this wine is money, beautiful pure cherries with black pepper and stems. The palate is a let down based on the nose but is still tasty enough. Lightly structured, some would say over-the-hill, lots of acidity but not balanced and virtually no tannin to speak of. One-dimensional palate of pure cherry fruit, shows some interesting character on the finish but ends very quickly and abruptly. A tasty drink, just don't expect fireworks. The age makes this an interesting wine though despite the lack of structure.
Nose really showed after 4 hours in the decanter. Tart cherries and cranberries. Missing something from the mid-palate, then a bit of a finish that was not disappointing of sour dark fruit. Appears to be past its prime...wish I opened it sooner.
Very nice. Although the nose is reticent, this lovely wine displays smooth tannins and a high degree of complexity. A bit light and hollow in the middle, but the varieties of cassis, barley, tobacco and berry flavors which continue to develop remind me of how much I like barolos. A very good vintage that is showing well now but should continue to improve for at least a few more years.