Nose: There is a real fresh and youthful red fruit base to the nose along with strawberries, perfumes, violets, roses, roasted herbs, and a touch of earth notes.
Taste: Medium bodied with medium+ acidity and silky tannins. The tones are fresh with strawberries, red fruits, violets, roses, and some roasted herbs. There is a more feminine feel with the structure being on the more sneaky side.
Overall: This feels like it's still in a very primary stage. But, it is very open and giving with a feminine style to it.
Finally pulled the cork on this one after siphoning it off glass by glass for the last three months courtesy of the Coravin. In the end I am not really sure that the wine was well preserved with the device. In any case with each glass I liked it less. Has become increasingly lean, mean, and green. I admire the lack of fluff and the Old World styling but this is just not at all enjoyable. Again, could be the Coravin. Unfortunately I don't have any other bottles of this to find out.
Another glass via coravin. The device works and i dont think this has suffered at all from oxidation. Even so, I no longer like this much at all. Green and vegetal notes seem much more prominent than before and tannins seem mean and unforgiving. The wine remains well structured, but lacking the dark fruit, tar, roses, and all the good stuff that makes barolo great.
Another glass of this bottle 3 weeks later thanks to the coravin. This faded quickly in the glass and became rather thin, green, and acidic. Still quite floral. I can't figure whether the problem is the wine or the coravin. Regardless it is clearly a very traditional and classically styled Nebbiolo. Probably should just pull the cork and drink the bloody thing.
My first Coravin access. Subdued nose, took about 30 min in the glass to come around. Classic dark nebbiolo fruit, tar, white pepper. Firm angular tannins. Persistent finish that is a bit hot and drying. I can't decide if this would have been better earlier or if it may be on the upslope and just needs a couple-few more years. Just had a 1/2 glass so hard to say for sure. As far as the Coravin device goes, we will see...
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I'm running today, but a few serious deals came through while I was waiting for my flight and this one is right up there.
We rarely find Friday-worthy specials on Barolo, especially a current release (from an excellent vintage), so this is quite exciting. Normally $60-70 or more, Oddero's 2001 Mondoca will surprise and it should be even better with another 4-6 years in the cellar. The first time I tasted this (in barrel) it was almost too austere but the years of age have left a graceful and nuanced imprint that will impress the fastidious Barolo enthusiast. The 2001 Mondoca has a special, feminine quality meshed with the tannic power only Barolo can provide - it is full of floral character and a finish that will not only compliment your meal but last on the palate long after your final bite. It wouldn't surprise me if many of you were seduced by the complex palate profile of this wine and it's at a price that's tough to beat in Barolo. Only a few hundred cases produced in 2001:
We have a terrific price on this wine, about the same as in Alba
This parcel has perfect provenance directly from the source:
2001 Oddero Barolo Mondoca di Bussia Soprana (Veronelli 3/3-star)