Ruby red with obvious bricking. When first opened, it displayed strong sherry notes but, eventually, settled into a beautiful nose of dried fruits, leather, cigars and spice cabinet. On the palate, the tannins provided discernible structure while spiced muted fruits provided an elegant compliment to food friendly acidity. Over 90 minutes the fruit became more expressive and fresh on the middle and finish of the profile. This is a well integrated wine that is drinking perfectly now. I should note that we bought this when visiting the winery in 2012 so its provenance is excellent and the aging probably not premature.
Bought that wine also because of the score here at cellartracker.com, since I had only one barolo (Vietti Castiglione) from the famous vineyards so far which was a bit disappointing to me (2007 - too young?). Also the Mondoca 2000 was not able to meet my expectations. Decanted, than waited for 6-7 hrs then I had the 1st glass. The bouquet is cautious, driven by spices, menthol, herbs, fruit is at the minor side. Maybe the zenith of that wine was 2-4 years before. In the glass ruby red with brown rim (looks a bit like a Muscatel desert wine from Portugal or a little too dark cognac...). On the palate full of acidity, spices, herbs. Also here the fruit is not very present. To be honest, with all that hype on great aged Barolo wines I expected more. As next I will try a 1995 Barolo Cascina Francia (G. Conterno) to see if the overall impression is the same. If yes then I will reduce Barolo wines in my cellar. Or may be I have to drink Barolo with food. Had that Oddero w/o food. But I always have the expectation that if a wine isreally pretty well stuff, it should perform nicely also w/o food.
Slow-O 2 hours, then aerated to decanter 3 hours, served non-blind. Much fresher, fuller and with noticeably fewer tertiary traits than the previous bottle - heck, the color alone suggested this was far from its grave. Excellent (traditional) typicity, and balance, and in a very good spot right now. Seemed to hit its stride at the 4-hour open mark, and slide, albeit slightly, from that point forward. Quite pretty (and tasty), on its own, stellar with a black truffle risotto, but paled once the '97 Conterno Colonello was opened. My last of 3, direct from the producer's cellar. Drink thru 2016, 14,5% abv, recommended
PnP, served non-blind, cork in exc cond. Totally on point as a PnP, which I didn't fully expect, offering up a gorgeous, bright nose of black tea, truffles, dried red floral and a pretty vein of balsamic. Medium-bodied, the acids and tannins will clearly outlive the fruit, but on the night, positively singing, with elegance and grace to spare. Really does justice to the grape and Cru. highly recommended, 14,5% abv, thru 2017
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