Magnum shoot out - France vs. Italy (Switzerland): From Magnum, served blind. This was chosen to represent the peak of traditional Barolo making. Decanted for 2h. Medium garnet-brick. Expressive nose of cut hey, anise seeds, red fruit, tobacco, etc., very complex. Enters the palate medium bodied and restrained but with excellent fruit and structure. Clearly not a wine for the fruit-forward preferring customer but paired with a steak or a funghi risotto, priceless. This, together with the Lafite and Margaux was one of the preferred wines of the evening.
From Magnum bottle. Surprisingly approachable for Monfortino. Very complex but reticent aromatics of sweet red cherries, but also some dark berries, anise and other spices, tar, crushed rose petals and some herbal/hay kind of thing. Later also some espresso and leather notes emerge. Everything is super complex. It is full-bodied and dense without any heaviness, has teeth-stainingly high acidity and high tannin. Long and very complex finish. While this is still a baby in terms of evolution, I was surprised about the level of complexity and sheer class it is already showing. A super classic, massive but finessed and complex Monfortino of the very highest level... this is what classic traditional Barolo is all about.
Truffle, autumn leaves, more truffle, and rose petal. An umami bomb on the nose, but tighter and chewier in the mouth than expected—almost dusty. Long, mineral finish. Good now but perfect with a few more years in the cellar. A rock star from a marginal vintage.
A huge, massive, animalistic Monfortino. It begins with a fabulous nose of pine forest, dark cherry fruits and exotic spices. On the palate, even with 5 hours of air, it remains a ferociously tannic beast but the fruit and flavors underneath are so delicious and alluring in a primordial sort of way. Thickly textured and somewhat grainy but with great purity of medicinal cherry fruit and fabulous dark spice. The finish is tannic but also very complex with notes of fresh pine, autumn leaves, licorice and minerals. An incredibly intense, authentic wine that's loaded with acidity and depth of fruit. Needs a lot more time in the cellar. 96+
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