Dark red, pale edge. Plum, tar and tobacco bouquet. Dark plum, concentrated palate, medium weight. Tannin is a little grippy as per expectation and finish is perfumed but not very long. A very fine bottle.
Opened and poured a taste about 30 minutes before our entrees arrived. Plenty of fruit remaining in this bottle on both the nose and palate. Hints of rose petals and spice in the bouquet. Nicely integrated at this point, with flavors of dusty red fruit, lavender, potpourri and warm spices. Finishes very well. A very pretty wine at this stage.
Had along with the 2006 Antiyal(Chilean bordeaux blend) on a "lark" as the last tasting note stated that it was "over the hill". Ours was not quite there, but drink now. Still had life/fruit/tannins/earth but I was glad we did not make it the star. Great wine to "waste" on our good friends and wine lovers John & Iris.
Possible flawed? Decanted the bottle 45 minutes prior to serving with dinner. Decanter showed more sediment than I have ever seen, and it was quite lumpy sediment (lots of large clumps of sediment).
Wine opened up a bit after decanting. Nothing spectacular. Nose of black olive, tabacco, earth, and black current. It also has some disagreeable tartness to the nose.
Flavor was also nothing spectacular. Some black fruit, again some olive, and some spices. Well integrated tannins, with a finish of about 15 seconds. Again, some tartness on the flavor that seemed a bit off.
To be fair this bottle of wine may have been flawed. Cork completely disintegrated when using cork screw openner. Ended up pushing some cork into the bottle. I would recommend that people not use a cork screw opener on this wine and instead use the two pronged tool that slides on either side of the cork between the bottle and cork.
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If you are looking for value at the top end, both examples below provide an opportunity to enjoy aged Nebbiolo at less than their original release price (not to mention far less than their current release price, which I believe is closer to $90 for the 2006). Each vintage has its appeal and it's an interesting study to watch them evolve over an entire evening. Both are ready to drink now and over the next several years.
A deal in aged Barolo? That's typically an oxymoron but I believe tonight's offer qualifies. Due to limited quantities, I'll leave it at that:
1998 Fontanafredda Barolo "La Rosa"
2000 Fontanafredda Barolo "La Rosa"
This parcel has impeccable provenance.
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Italy7553 Italy7554
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