The 10 year bottle this Christmas. This was quite nice, and much more accessible than a few years ago. I would put it in that "good" Barolo category. Nothing reveletory here, but it isn't priced like there should be.
Beautiful, soft, floral nose. Lots of violets with a hint of spice. The palate is nicely acidic and well balanced with dark fruit. Its grippy tannins calm down nicely after a trip through the decanter.
Decanted four hours. A friend's bottle. Nose is tight and unforgiving at this point, but some floral and tar notes creep through. The palate offers up a bit more with blood orange, cranberry and aniseed. Not surprisingly, structure dominates at this time. Puckering acidity brightens the fruit a bit, but the tannins own this wine. Good spicy finish, but this is a HOLD.
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