Dark, translucent Ruby. Nose has roses, vanilla, cherry and a touch of milk chocolate. On the plate it is very soft yet with a nice backbone of acidity. Plenty of cherry, plum, kirsch, vanilla and milk chocolate with some licorice on the finish. In a sweet spot here but several years at this level are likely at proper cellar conditions.
2001 Chardonnay Magnum Tasting (Our Home): Usually I find Moccagatta Barbaresco's to be tannic monsters from youth through middle age, but this one is yielding a bit more than usual.Classic nebbiolo with earthy mushrooms, dark cherry and a touch of anise. Chewy on the palate and lovely to drink...great with the Sicilian meat balls. This may get a little better/softer but that is not too far off in my mind.
Served blind; dark crimson with faint copper rim; decanted for 1-2 hours, nose is noble Italian, sweet rose, cinnamon, cherry and menthol, very aromatic and sexy but great depth, cedar, some slight oak influence but not obtrusive; sandalwood, cedar, pure meaty dried red cherry, ripe but not showing advancement like some 2007s, a hint of Pledge, medium plus body with softened tannin, with more air the wood tannin seemed to dry out the tongue a bit, great mid palate, glycerin, lots of anise on the medicinal cherry finish; very impressive; this was in a good spot but the balance conveyed this should be able to last quite a while longer.
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