A Visit To Vietti (Vietti, Castiglione Falletto): This has a dark and spicy bouquet that stands out in contrast to the earlier Barbera wines. The main fruit component seems to be blood oranges wrapped in the spice of molasses, nutmeg, and a touch of smoke as well as a bit of toasty pie crust. It's very smooth across the palate. Crisp cherries lead the way and great acidity shows itself fully in the middle. The acidity persists as a touch of sweetness appears on the cherries. This tart sweetness evolves suddenly, giving a celebratory feeling to the mid palate. The smoke from the nose is realized toward the finish and lingers long.
This is my second bottle of 09 Scarrone, tasting notes were consistent with previous bottle. Let me start by saying this juice is ridiculous! This is not a wine but an experience. Pop and pour revealed immediate power, the depth of color is incredibly impressive, dark garnet turning to ruby around the edges. The nose predicts astounding concentration of fruit, rich, but extremely youthful. The palate is gorgeous, completely mouthcoating, with highly concentrated cherries and subtle minerality. This is a seductive and luxurious mouthfeel, like velvet. The finish goes on for what seems like forever and before I know it my feet touch the ground and the bottle is gone. The finest Barbera I have ever tasted. My only grouch was the alcohol was abit rigid at this point, but I have no doubt it will integrate well with a few years of slumber.
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