Mature aromatic Nebiollo nose. Well balaned palate with fully integrated oak and decent fruit. Less fruit than the Produttori Asili Riserva tasted along side. The table was split regarding which was the more enjoyable wine. Medium bodied wine that enhanced the northern Italian food experience.
A Taste of Piedmonte in Switzerland (Bern): Tasted blind. Light spice, dried potpourri, some oak and red fruit. Powerful fruit on the body, yet it remains light and elegant. Great balance, and very fine tannins to round it out.
4 days later: some oxidation on the nose, but this dissipates - anyway this is now on darker notes, not floral anymore, almost towards chocolate and locust beans. Very compact. Intense and dark notes on the palate too. Strong tannins, but not excessive, fine grained. It has substance, it's powerful and intense. I liked it more than the Asili on day one, but after three days, the Asili was clearly better.
Tasted blind with other Produttori 2001 and two pirates (Taurasi 01 + Etna 07). Opened at 12 and slow-oxed until the evening. The wine of the evening, almost unanimously. Very fine nose of an aged nebbiolo, with nice balance and a tobacco note. Splendid palate: balanced, full, broad, well structured, with strong and round tannins. Drinking really beautifully right now. ****
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