Another bottle in the "just too damn oaky/raspy" spectrum. Buyers of modern Vietti better either (a) know damn well what they're doing, or (b) be confident the estate's oak-excesses are well and truly behind it. Otherwise feel free to partake in the subsequent Ravera release: the 2010 at a mere $300/bt.
The color is translucent and light garnet with orangeish reddish bricking - this looks aged :-) . The smells are smoke, bacon, rose, lavender, and earthy aromas. The tastes are black licorice, currants, hoisin, salinity, blackberry, dark cherry, cacao, and dark spices and mushroom. The tannins are powdery and the finish is of modest length. This begs for juicy steak or lamb.
Very youthful, initially closed, but opened up quickly. Very clean flavors. Appearance was light and has a lighter than expected body. My wife who tasted blind guessed it a feminine Burgundy. Fresh cherry fruit with a light violet touch and floral notes. Drink now or in the next 5 years. Not bad for a Monday evening! A great way to start the week.
A very fine bottle. Though youthful, the aromas and flavors have developed beautifully. Great violet and tar on the nose. Medium bodied, cherry fruit with piney and floral notes on the palate. Long finish.
Dark and brooding, tar and leather on the nose. Some fruit, massive drying tannins, intense wine. More bricking than I would have expected from a 10 year old wine, had some fear there but drinking with plenty of youth. I've picked up some pruney notes on other 00 baroli, none in this bottle which made me quite happy. I feel no rush at all to drink my other bottle of this wine, will attempt to hold off for a decade...
Purchased at a restaurant; Notes similar to my note of 8/15/09. This bottle had iron and menthol aromas with cherry fruit and florals on the finish. This seemed rather tight and did not start to open up until 45 minutes into the decant. A good match with Piedmont-inspired food.
Saturday Night Soiree (Chez Pelz): Tasted double blind; Dark clear ruby with a slightly brown rim; Spice on the nose with a hollow middle and short finish; Expressive but perhaps served on the warm side. This seemed older than a 2000 when revealed.
I had this wine at dinner at the Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden in London June 30, 2005. This wine was spectacular! Interestingly, we started with the 1999 and then had the 2000. The 1999 was very good, but the 2000 was unbelievable. Everything was in perfect balance, with the fruits dazzling your taste buds at first and the perfectly balanced tannins tickling the sides of your tongue for minutes after every sip. The second best wine I've ever had, after the 1996 Flaccianelo (Super Tuscan) from Fontodi which was my all time #1.