Nose: The nose was flowing right away with tar, red cherries, roasted herbs, rose petals, juniper tones, mint, and some bits of tobacco. There was a very aromatic and higher-toned take to the nose with a real savory sense as well.
Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acidity and silky tannins. The feel is refined and balanced with tar, red cherries, juniper tones, mint, tobacco, and a touch of smoke on the back end.
Overall: While this did fall off later on, this was firing right away. It did show off the modern intensity, it was far from oaky. Instead it came off as the oak had absorbed on the nose and palate.
I detected more signs of decline than on a previous bottle a few years ago, e.g. a metallic touch on the nose and a varnish edge to the brightness of the fruit, but it remained a much lovelier drop than most technically immaculate wines. The aromas on the nose were of fine red fruit, especially raspberry, with some herbs and that intermittent metallic impression. The medium bodied palate was very expressive with still some bright primary fruit, some forest floor, still lively acidity, silky texture perhaps hardening somewhat, more herbs and touches of tar and leather. The aromas filled the mouth and lasted quite long with still some firmness on the finish. Very good.
A riddle wrapped inside an enigma - which is pretty much Barolo across the board for me. At first massively reticent (is that an oxymoron?) before revealing quite beautiful and deep aromas of black fruit underpinned with teeth clinging tannins. No doubt this is drinkable now, but I can feel those Barolophiles rolling their eyes and saying 'Tis but a child!!'. And they would be right. Simply delicious and mysterious and fecund with promise.
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