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Community Tasting Notes (2) Avg Score: 87 points

  • From memory, lunch with Deron. Garnet, very mature fig, balsamic, decayed leaves aroma. Palate is totally integrated, loads of acidity, very well-balanced, I enjoyed it even if it's not great.

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  • Very mature appearance. On the nose, I'd have put this at nearer 1970 than 1990: old, sweet, nutty, figgy nebbiolo aromas. The palate too, seemed much more mature than I'd expect, even for an off year. But there's never been any storage problem with any other of the wines at the Freemasons Arms, so I presume this really is this mature. There's no oxidation and no faults, just a very mature wine, delicious in its own way, but I was wrong-footed by not expecting something quite so mature. Very integrated and open palate with some nice sweet black-figgy-pruney fruit and a nice depth and balance. On the evidence of this bottle, very much at a peak: drink up. Very Good.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2003, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17+ points

    (Aldo nterno Barolo Bussia Soprana) Showing obvious maturity, but still with a good depth of colour. On the nose there are sweet and spicy macerated black fruits, overlaid with perfumed leather, with an acetone volatility lifting the aromas. Elegant, medium bodied, balanced palate, with some spicy tannins providing structure. Nice weight on the palate and a touch of sweetness. Drinking well now, but should integrate more over the next couple of years when it will be at peak.

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