Beautifully bright and vibrant strawberry to ruby in colour. Quite high toned initially. Takes a while to open up, but when it does the nose is multifaceted and constantly changing from meaty to red-fruited, to leathery and back. Reasonably sweet fruit on the attack, mid-weight mid palate that smooth sand fills out with air, and a grippy finish that still shows some unresolved tannin and a relatively short finish. Lacks the depth and charm and plushness of the Comtino alongside, but plenty of interest. Fades a little after three hours or so. ****
A bite with Barquin (28-50, London): Wonderfully fragrant nose, starts with a good whiff of thyme. Garrigue really. sweet fruit, a touch of lift. Starting to get more perfumed and rose scented. really beautiful nose. Palate silky with good acidity, drinking well, but the nose is the star here. ****
This bottle opened with crushed fall leaves, sauté mushroom and sweet black cherry fruit. The color was ruby in the center with and orange rim. On the palate it showed perfectly resolved as velvety dried cherry and light strawberry fruit caressed the senses with tobacco, a sweet tea middle-palate performance and a gracefully long red fruit finish. The bottle was all class and finesse. This was a very feminine Barolo in its peak.
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