Pale light cherry brick centre, orange brick rim. Muted on nose, just faint hints of strawberries and cherries, some earth tar. Light tasting, still with some acidity but little dry tannins. Seems a little washed out with not much structure or flavour. Either this is a) end of life b) just not very good or c) tainted - under any scenario, not good enough for my osso buco, so dumped this and opened a 2001 Faset which seemed a darn sight better... So much for the wine spectator "100 point" vintage.....
Possibly I waited too long to open this. but it was a disappointment. Upon opening (and for an hour afterwards), the color, bouquet and finish were thin, muted and "metallic." After two hours, a reasonable level of complexity emerged - tobacco and dried dark fruits most predominant. Good wine, definitely not great and a definite under-performer for the overall quality of the vintage. SImply cannot recommend this maker in the future given that other (even mediocre) Barolos from this vintage are still going quite strong
Served in a flight of 2000 Barolos as part of an Italian tasting menu. Decanted for 4 hours. Paired with a classic osso buco prepared according to a Todd English reciple. Osso buco was served over garlic mashed potatoes. This wine was easily the favorite of the evening and paired extremely well with the food. I can confirm the tasting notes provided by Luca B on 12/15/2004. Very velvty mouthfeel, great round fruit, long finish but plenty of structure. But this is still a more traditional Barolo and really needs food to be enjoyed. The tannins were much more integrated with a few more years on the bottle, but I think this one can last a while. Glad to have 3 more bottles in the cellar. (Note: after some reflection, I dropped the rating down to 93.....the original 95 was a little too generous when considered against other wines I've rated this highly.)
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