Silky consistency with good earth, spice (some mild cinnamon) and measured, complex tannin. The resonant, drying finish sails on for a good while with a satisfying chewiness. Has early appeal but looking forward to following its evolution.
Huge upside potential here. Will buy more for the cellar and come back in 3-5 years. Very expressive wine, especially given time to decant. Loved by everyone and only barely outgunned by the 2003 voerzio cerequio.
Well, impossible not to compare this to the Bondonio from the other night. The fruit here is more advanced, less primary, though it also starts off with a touch of cedary woodiness - not so much as to make the wine "oaky" but it does show some raw wood that you'd like to see dissipate. And for the most part it does. There is a structural firmness to this even though it doesn't come across overtly tannic in texture, and there are even moments when it seems to oscillate into something plausibly Burgundian. At its most transparent it shows some aspects of a crunchy minerality that you can imagine turning into some of that old nebbiolo tarriness. Oddly enough I found this more drinkable (at least by nebbiolo standards) than the structure would tend to dictate, even though it is still basically a mise-en-place of ingredients at this point.
Brought by Brett and Carol and no decant. Smells wonderful with red fruits, floral notes and perhaps a touch of mint and tar. Very structured and slight leaner than I remember the wine when I tasted it last year. So young but this is really nice. Ann liked it this time too, surprisingly. I am going to pick up a couple to let rest for 10 years.
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