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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