Appearance: Bright and clear, it has light ruby color, with garnet rims and legs. Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity aromas of black fruit such as blueberry, red fruit of raspberry, dried fruit of prune, kernel notes of almond, oak notes of cedar, maturity notes of truffle, animal notes of leather, mineral notes of earth, pungent spice of licorice. The wine is developing. Palate: Dry with high acidity, the wine has medium (+) tannin of ripe and velverty texture, with medium (+) alcohol and full body. It has medium (+) intensity flavors of black fruit such as cassis and plum, dried fruit of prune, oak notes of cedar, sweet spice of cloves, kernel notes of nutty. The wine has a long finish. Conclusion: Very good quality Barolo showing intense nose of high complexity, the wine has an amazing range of aromas and showing big difference upon first opening and after decanting for several hours. On the palate it is well-structured, with good harmony on the acidity, body and alcohol, showing a powerful yet balanced wine of good concentration and an accompanying long finish. Ready to drink now, the wine can benefit from further ageing of another 5-7 years.
Taste: Not completely balanced as acids kick in and take over too much. Other than that, a screamingly young, stable 91p wine upon opening and 94p as the evening went by. There was no layering at the get go but after some hours of proper treatment, it showed its BIG feet well. Have high hopes for this one for the future.
Compared to the other madly great Barolos tonight, this one performed as a significant but little bit bland wine.
2nd btl, only one more to go. Next one around 2025. At fabulous Restaurant Tani (Tokyo).
Tasted over two nights. Decanted 6 hours on the first. This wine is fantastic and will be a mind bender in the coming years. The red fruit driven character is absolutely luscious and bright, with a fantastic herbal menthol note on the mid palate that pushes the freshness of the juice to the fore and keeps the wine from seeming big or out of balance. There is not a discernable oak influence either, which I was a bit worried about going in. The tannins are still there to delcare that this wine is still very much a baby, but it was a beautiful glimpse into a wine that is destined for big things. Give a long decant, or if you only have a couple wait 3-5 years - 95+.
Winter Cabin Weekend; 1/23/2015-1/24/2015 (Cleveland, GA): Decanted 8 hours. Young nose, intense red mix of cherry and exotic fruits, and quite herbal with fresh microgreens. This is concentrated and masculine but already displaying an expansive palate of ripe, textured red fruit. With time, it will surely pick up more nuances. Clearly very good, but also young. 94+ Drink 2018-2030.
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