Aromatics of wood and of a slab of air cured raw meat on opening with just a glimpse of sweet red berries in the background. Not exactly the nose one looks for in a glass of wine. Took 4 hours in a decanter to shed most of the animal aromas and display notes of ripe berries, mushrooms and menthol. This still acidic, dark and brooding wine craves air, with the most balanced sip coming from a decanter left open overnight. A reminder of how difficult it could be to coax that hidden beauty from the tannic beast that is nebbiolo.
I brought this to dinner because it was a frigid NYC night that called for Barolo, and because a 1997 in Vegas a couple of week prior was showing a bit thin in the fruit department and was drying out. This 2000 was fantastic. Plenty of vibrant, deep cherry fruit that is just pulsing in juiciness and energy. I know this to be a modern producer, but the oak has integrated very well. The palate is warm and giving but still has plenty of grip and structure. Very well received in a very Francophile setting. Racines with Ross.
Rusty edges belie velvety texture - saddle leather gives way to stewed prunes and cherries, integrated tannins and supple finish. And I just opened it. Great with fois gras and truffle stuffed canaloni pasta. Let's see how it is tomorrow. Still tasty 2 daze later.
What a bottle. Brick on the edge. Totally closed upon opening and very tannic. Started opening up after 3 hours decante. The aroma is complex yet just simply beautiful. Finish lingers for a good 30 second or more.
Brick red with incipient orange border. Somewhat closed at first but opens up gradually with beautiful aromas of plum, soft fruit and ripe strawberry jam. Some oak tones and gradually hint of herbs, tobacco, forest floor, hazel nuits, truffle and liquorice. On the palate ripe soft fruit, dark plums and some oak. Medium acidity, comfortable integrated tannins and good length. A delicious and incredibly elegant barolo from FC. Paired with lamb carre covered with hazel nuits, a perfect match and wonderful lunch at Ciau de Tornavento in Treiso.
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(Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra (Piedmont)) This has a paling, maturing hue, fairly typical for Nebbiolo. The nose is very appealing, with lots of cherries, violets, rose petals and a little leather. Full, rich and rounded on the palate, it still carries a hard core of rather austere tannins. There is an attractive array of flavour, flower petals and that leather again, but this still has brutal structure at the moment. A lovely wine, very true to the region, but one that would benefit from more time in bottle I think.
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