Dark, somewhat roasted - coffee, licorice, cloves, dark cherry, horsey. Powerful on finish - dark, roasted, resolved tannins, tar, some roses, dark cherry. Too roasted and volatile for me. Sweet, tar and spicy finish. Nose - 4-4.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15-15.5/20.
With some time, this resolved more on the palate - prune, cherry, tart, roses - elegant, resolved tannins. The finish has improved with nice roses and tart berries. Nose - 4.5-5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5-5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2 = 15.5-17/20.
Surprisingly alive and showing off. Medium body with a little punch, violets, roses, and red cherries. Secondary flavors show in the background but I suspect they will never get too pronounced. Very enjoyable if not remarkable.
Più evoluto e decisamente molto più buono di quello bevuto in precedenza. I toni fruttati si sono attenuati, e la potenza si è un po' affinata ed ha guadagnato in eleganza. Rimane un po' poco fine compelssivamente
A classic la Morra Barolo. As good as it gets from this commune. Almost lithe and very feminine in the mouth with amazingly smooth tannins giving the wine grip. Lost of fruit left in this wine as well. Drinking really well right now but this wine has years left to go.
Blackberry, currant, spice notes dominate the palate while fairly moderate-sized tannins bring some excitement to the midpalate. A hint of earth/spice comes and goes on the long finish. This wine is holding up VERY well and should do so for many years to come. foodandwineblog.com
Dinner at Fearrington House. Dark garnet in color. Very perfumed with lots of roses and sour cherries. Medium bodied and with a long finish that still shows gritty/chalky tannins. A really lovely wine that is still on the upswing but is beautiful to drink today. 50+13+13+9+9 = 94
Still deeply garnet colored. Reticent on the nose. Still fairly primary on the nose and palate. Not surprising for a high profile Langhe 1990 vintage wine but I thought it might be a little more evolved for a modernist producer like Altare. It is just beginning to smooth out and become integrated with softening tannins. A beautiful bottle of wine but just at the beginning of it maturity profile. Not really showing secondary or tertiary characteristics yet but his should continue to develop nicely for years to come. Should merit a higher score in another five years.