Medium ruby color, lightening up with some bricking towards the rim. The color looks surprisingly advanced for the 2006 vintage of this very ageworty wine. Initially very closed. After 12 hours of SO showing some first signs of opening up. Notes of dark red and dark fruit with pine, tar, crushed flowers, tobacco, cedar and some flowers. Medium-full bodied, silky texture. With medium-high tannin and medium-high acidity. Very good length. Despite the structure there is a quality of weightlessness to this wine. It's still a few years away from prime drinking though. Really nice traditional Barolo with the typical Cappellano elegance.
Day 2: more open but still young, notes of pine, tar, cedar, leather. Very elegant texture and mouthfeel.
Five Cappellano Baroli with Piedmont inspired cuisine: Poured alongside the '06 Pie Franco. Initially this was showing some aromas of stinky feet, but luckily this did wind up blowing off. However, nothing aromatically really developed. I was surprised how muted this remained throughout the night no matter how many times I went back to smell it. The palate was more expressive, and enters immediately puckering, with very clean red fruit expressed. Quite tart, with building fruit as its held on the palate. Lovely layers of fruit open up the longer its held. The finish immediately slams you with tannins, but if you can see through that, you then get beautiful fruit. Very lovely, soft fruit, but wow those tannins are massive! Perhaps the "coolest" tasting of the night.
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