Pretty hefty Barolo, as expected, with big oak. Dusty, dark cherry violets on the nose, and sharp, dark fruits with stringent acidity on the palate. Mouth-puckeringly intense, and long palate, with red roses and sharp dark red cherry. After 3 hours opening the oak's a lot less intrusive, having been too much within the first hour. nicely integrated and well-done. , Although the intensity is high, the body is only medium, so it's not really as hefty as it might be, and I'd prefer a little more body to go with the hefty oak, even when it's integrated after a few hours.
I drank with a homemade Bolognese, but that wasn't hefty enough to go with it really. Needs maybe deeper meats, cheese or mushroom dishes to counterpoint this big, keenly acidic, traditional Barolo. Very good, if not quite the body to be sumptuous.
Probably best in 5-10 years.
Edit: Day 2, softened and has some nice violet on the palate too. Very good-cabernet-like in its complexity and subtlety. Excellent wine! up a point!
Paired with truffle and wild mushroom ravioli. This was a wonderful wine tonight. Aromas of flowers and cherry. After opening late this morning and then decanting 3 hours before dinner this was a really nice 12 Y.O. Barolo. I wish I could find more.
- Brick color. It's balanced with a full body. Silky texture with a long finish - A bit. Closed when first opened, but opens like a blooming rose with time. Aroma is also roses with dark fruits. Smooth,rich and delicious.
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