G. Conterno Barolo vs. L. Sandrone Barolo (Morrell Wine Bar and Café, NYC): [Double decanted at 8:30am.] Nose of stewed black fruit, roast beef, and olives. Thick, silky, tannic. Young but great. I thought this might be the Monfortino because the 2nd wine was so obviously the CF and the last one couldn't possibly be a sound Monfortino. Still, on its own merits, this is a terrific bottle of wine.
Vinous group dinner at Morrell. More approachable than the Conternos in this flight at this stage. I like the purity of fruit, but it sort of sat rather than danced on the palate. Finish was a bit short.
Decanted an hour (although we were told it was singing out of the bottle). This was just great, and what the Barolo lovers at the table were hoping it would be. Ripe fruit, with maybe just a touch of raisin, but very well made with nice balance for such a big wine. Tannin is there but integrated, and overall was just a pleasure to drink as the last wine of the night. A-/A
!996 Barolo (Blind Tasting) (Afghan kebab house): The nose was, at first, restrained, showing waxy red fruits, yet it blossomed in the glass to reveal dusty soil and spice and ripe, almost candied, cherry. It showed soft, luxurious textures on the palate with mouthwatering acidity driving flavors of dark fruit and plum. Hints of tannin lingered on the finish with dark, resolved red fruit and licorice.
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