From memory: Classic bouquet of ripe cherries, roses, marzipan and varnish. Nicely integrated oak – no doubting the varietal here. Starts off a little lean, but gains plenty of weight throughout the evening. Just entering its drinking window. Brilliant stuff!
Day later from memory. Served blind in poor light, opened no more than 15 minutes before serving. Color seemed dark ruby, nose muted initially. Lots of swirling and tasting to reveal deep red fruits on nose and in flavors, feeling very primary, lovely texture, then a wash of grippy tannins and wood impressions on the finish. Initially quite unsure. Checked color again and released it was lighter than initially thought, suggesting possibly nebbiolo or pinot, but those tannins-no way. Eventually coaxed some rose and sweet anise out, and guessed 2010 Barbaresco, so not my best or worst-should have said Riserva. What was most impressive here was the youthful demeanor, which over an hour never seemed to falter. Tons of fruit and tons of tannin, long life ahead.
As per my usual practice, I read no notes before posting my own. The community seems less enthusiastic about this wine than I am. It seems in many cases like they were drinking a different wine. I dunno, maybe I could have found a certain rusticity if I wanted to criticize it, but I think it hung on the edge of ripeness in a most appealing way without at all being overdone, and it certainly wasn't thin. Whatevs.
Bright garnet. Chocolate, plums, cherries, tea leaves and barely overripe strawberries. The palate is quite sleek with rosehips dominating, nicely caressing tannins and a hint of finishing heat. To sum up, this is a little hollow and disjointed now, and I'm not sure if it has the backbone to last. Pleasant and competent, though, with nice typicity.
2007 Produttori Riserva (Langhe Osterio): This wine stands out across the riserva lineup and not in the most positive way. It has a very warm nose with lots of rustic spice. More of medium tannins with a shortish finish. "one of these things is not like the other" went through my head when it sat alongside the Muncagotta and the Paje.
Produttori Dinner (Osteria Langhe - Chicago, IL): My least favorite of the evening, and the only wine that lived up to my (grossly inaccurate) preconceived notion of this vintage. The fruit seemed really slick and glossy and the wine just didn't hold the alcohol in the elegant way that most of the other crus did. Again, time could certainly be the wine's ally, but not a very good showing.
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