The penultimate vintage by Matteo Correggia before his untimely death; the bottle was sourced from the ground zero - Matteo Correggia winery's old vintage bottle library itself.
Translucent ruby color with a mature maroon hue; pretty much deposit in the bottle. More sour-and-savory than sweet nose with elegant, developed nose of very pronounced Nebbiolo tar, dusty earth, tart cranberry and hints of Morello cherries; not the most complex bouquet, but shows lots of mature Nebbiolo qualities. Dry, medium-bodied palate with surprisingly tightly wound structure. Complex and richly textured flavors of plummy fruit, dusty wood, succulent ripe dark berries, some dried figs, a little blackberry marmalade and a hint of sweet chocolate. Pretty high, balanced acidity and rather prominent, grippy tannins that still haven't fully resolved, even after 15 years. The sweeter and oakier chocolate tones become more pronounced with air. Quite tightly wound, tannic and modestly astringent finish with juicy, complex flavors of dried strawberries, bitter spices, dark cherries, some peppery spice, a little pruney fruit, a hint of sweet oak and a touch of something animal.
A truly wonderful example of Roero Nebbiolo and a testament to the aging capabilities of well-made Roero reds. Even after 15 years the wine shows some new wood characteristics, but as a whole the the wine has aged wonderfully with obviously still a lot of life ahead. The nose was initially a bit of a let down, but the palate redeemed it all - and probably the nose would have opened up more given enough time. The wine is only starting to drink nicely, so there is no big hurry with this one. Truly delightful.
A sad footnote to the short winemaking career and untimely death of Matteo Correggia. This is a bottle I had saved for more than 7 years hoping to rekindle the magic of the first one, which made Roero come alive for me as a legitimate alternative to Barolo and Barbaresco. This one was quite corked, and there's not much to say about it other than too bad.
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