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Community Tasting Notes (3) Avg Score: 93.7 points

  • Chicago Italian Lovers round 6-2000 Barolos redux (Briciola, Chicago IL): Nose: Flowing and inviting with roses, wild flowers, red cherries, incense, tar, strawberries, and some perfumes. The tones lean more towards subtlety rather than power and this doesn't seem to show the more upfront fruit of the vintage.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acidity and silky tannins. The feel is very elegant with roses, red cherries, strawberries, incense, and tar. The acidity and tannins are there, but they aren't overpowering.

    Overall: This was absolutely gorgeous. I arrived late and wasn't able to go into the flights the way everyone else was, so this was the first thing I went for. This is drinking perfectly right now, but certainly has years to go.

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  • Needs at least 1-2 hours to open. Tar on the nose and tar at the end on the palate (as an undertone). Nose also has lovely perfume of earth and strawberries. Palate is medium body nonetheless later develops a real chewiness, with leather and mushrooms with that tar undertone. Integrated acidity that gives excellent balance, as the tannins insinuate themselves and eventually build to a lovely crescendo, but still on the soft side. Extremely luscious wine.

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  • David White comes to town (Domaine Wine Storage and Sun-Wah BBQ, Chicago IL): Nose: There is a very savory quality to the nose that strikes you right away. It then leads into perfumed tones if tar, leather, red fruits, roasted herbs, strawberries, and bits of rose petals.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acidity and chewy tannins. The structure shows the youth of the wine, while the brighter tones of strawberries, red fruits, rose petals, and tar tones show the fleshier side of the vintage.

    Overall: This is a very pretty Barolo that is still in need of time. It is approachable, but it has the room to improve.

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