Some Terrific Older Piemonte Reds to Finish the Year; 12/19/2015-12/31/2015 (San Francisco): A half shade lighter than the Falletto, but paradoxically, more fruit forward with a combination of blackberry and cherry liqueur underscored by green herbs and spice. A bigger, fuller expression than the Falletto, rounder, more mouth filling, and not having quite the acidity of that wine. Less evolved and less complex tonight, but great potential going forward and tremendous depth of fruit.
Yes, please. Lovely Giacosa purity and balance, the fruit here is toward the darker side of the spectrum, interesting dusting of Middle Eastern bazaar spices on the nose, still quite young but balanced and drinking very well. Bottle no. 5066. Grateful Dead night at David's in Irvington.
(Mostly) Barolo Dinner (Osteria Langhe - Chicago IL): Open and decanted several hours. Lots of red cherry, licorice and clove. Open and pleasurable right now, but I didn't find the same level of complexity and potential here vs the 1997 vintage in the next glass.
Slightly more mature vs last time tried earlier this year, still showing good floral notes, mature red fruit, licorice and sweet spice. Has the structure to be good for a decade+ but just not as nuanced as that previous bottle that showed greater long-term potential.
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