In 2011 the differences between the Gavarini Chiniera and the Casa Mate are nicely marked. While the Gavarini Chiniera is growing on lighter calcarous sand and higher altitude, the Casa Mate is growing on heavier soil with a higher clay content and on a lower altitude.
The Gavarini Chiniera is already pretty open for business, with very pretty perfumed notes of crushed flowers, red berries, cinnamon and other sweet spices. It’s only medium+ in body but has enough mid-palate density to be balanced, with medium-high acidity and medium-high tannin that is silky and ripe. Good length. A very pretty and perfumed Barolo from this great vineyard. It doesn’t have the weight or the sheer class/perfection of the 2010 or the 2008 but it will be drinking earlier and is very pretty.
A fabulous birthday in Piemonte (Piedmont, Italy): Tar. Newspaper (think ink more than paper). Dark berry. Serious. Brooding. Some violet popping up now along with pepper and smoke. Quite precise in the mouth. Mmm, opening up. Juicy, pure, firm and focused. Driven. This is not an "easy" wine, but it is impressive. Very masculine.
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