11/11/14 @ Acquerello San Francisco: Color was on the more concentrated end of the Barolo spectrum, with a plush red core. A warmer year, and a more modern producer, but this bottling had good acid and saw no new oak. Out of the bottle it was muted and short, but after 40 minutes the nose really opened up, into herbaceous and floral territory. Loved the plusher aromas of rosewater and forest floor, moving into riper red fruit territory as the wine gained air.
All in all, this is a traditionally styled bottling from a more modern producer; lots of structure and savory notes with no new oak, but still with plenty of riper fruits to make it more accessible.
First impression (poured a glass with a Coravin...waited only five minutes to taste) Nice flowers and herbs on the nose. Zesty Fruit and very forward tannins in the mouth.Beautiful rich red color. I agree with a previous comment that it is being held together by the tannin right now...interesting to see how it will evolve.
Not a stellar wine. This is has a lot of dimensions and not enough depth for a $80 wine. Excellent dried spices and floral notes on the nose. In mouth it starts with ripe plums and firm tannins with burnt toast. All these things are interesting but none of the notes has any depth. It seems like tannin is holding this wine hostage but I am not sure what will come out when it mellows. Just not enough here to give me much hope.
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(Elio Grasso Barolo Ginestra Casa Maté) Medium dark red color with pale meniscus; appealing, floral, dried roses, tart red berry, dried cranberry, tar nose; tight, tar, tart red berry, dried cranberry palate; needs 7-plus years; medium-plus finish
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