Have been working through a case and recently gave one bottle to a friend whom I follow on this site. I've been hearing a lot how the 97's should be drunk up and especially Voerzio because the wines have not necessarily developed the way they should. Well, after 5 bottles over the last two months I'm going to say that these are drinking incredibly well now and a two-three hour slow-o will definitely yield good results. I'm also going to stash a few bottles away and wait 5 years to see what happens. So far the results of each bottle have been consistent with my previous note except for one which was badly oxidized. Generally speaking these are richer, fuller expressions of nebbiolo with bitter chocolate, dark sweet cherries and still some oak which can linger a bit too long. Nevertheless very pleasant.
The color was surprisingly youthful and dark with the nose having smoke, crushed strawberries and some leather. On the palate a clear modern type style came through with black cherries, red peppers and a touch of bitter chocolate. It was very rich and I wonder how, if ever, the wine will develop complexities over time or at some point it will simply fall apart. It is interesting to hear Voerzio's own take on the grapes in the vineyard which tend to yield a jammy flavor.
"Eagle's Nest" Dinner (The White House, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong): Bright transparent ruby jewel colour. Overwhelming nose and palate of bananas on opening (no decant). Then.....rose water perfume and rose petals emerge on the nose.....and black tarmac....and violets. WOW! The palate struggled to keep up...... slightly cherry cola-oish once the bananas had blown off. But the bananas reasserted themselves on both nose and palate....... a duff bottle. But that allowed us to open something else that turned out to be my favourite wine of the night.
Decanted and let breath for about 2 hours (lots of solids in bottle). Very dark with a beautiful nose of cherries, roses, tar, and spice. Tastes of dark cherries, tar, earth, and all the right notes of excellent Barolo. Expected much more from this bottle, but still feel privileged to have such a fine bottle.
Wine Aficionados Tasting - Westchester Wine School (Mamaroneck, NY): Drank at a Ned tasting. Very dark red/purplish color, shows some bricking which I don't recall noticing the last time I had this one. Had a fragrant, if traditional barolo nose of blackberries, tar, roses and violets. This wine seems more accessible, particularly so given the highly extracted fruit from this particular vineyard (I just last week had V's 97 Brunate which is such a totally different experience--great examples of how 1 producer's wines can be so completely different tho from the same vintage & neighborhood). Lots of dark fruit on the mid palate here, nice spices too, mixed with some tar and old wood & leather. The tannins are still very present but didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the wine, good length too. I think V's Brunate better straddles the line between the modern and traditional styles of barolo--it's far more restrained and reticent than this one, but not so much that one would call it backward--while this one leans a bit toward the former style. Still a very nice wine in a good place right now, though with several good years still ahead.
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