Barolo Dinner

Paese Restaurant, Toronto

Tasted April 15, 2011 by futronic with 1,036 views

Flight 1 (1 note)

2005 Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Bussiador Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
91 points
Bright honey/gold colour. Aromas of hazelnut butter, toast, marzipan, mango, passionfruit. Full-bodied, unctuous, with replays from nose and a good minerality. Moderate-long finish, ~40s. Alcohol was a little too prominent in this bottle at times, and therefore the rating can't go higher. Drink now.

Flight 2 (2 notes)

1996 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
93 points
Decanted 30 minutes. Medium-garnet colour. Aromas of cherry, mint, plums/prunes, tar, dried flowers, leather, and dried herbs. Medium-full bodied, with cherry, tar, dried herbs, leather, tar, orange peel. Great acidity and solid tannic structure that follows through to a moderate-long finish, ~40s, with more dried cherry and leather notes. A delicious wine that can easily go another 15 years. Drink now-2026+.
1997 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
93 points
Slow-ox'd for three hours, then decanted for 30 minutes. Medium-dark garnet colour. Aromas of white truffle, kirsch, sottobosco, mint. Full-bodied, more rich, forward, and integrated than the 1996 at this time. On the palate, the wine shows notes of sottobosco, prunes, and mushrooms. Moderate-length finish, ~35s, with dark fruit and earth. Should drink well for another 10-15 years, depending on how developed one prefers Barolo. Drink now-2026.

Flight 3 (2 notes)

1996 Michele Chiarlo Barolo Cerequio Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
Decanted 30 minutes and served. Very closed on the nose and palate. Revisiting after a couple hours in the glass, the wine was still restrained, but showed hints of herbs and olives as well as a very firm structure. If this bottle is representative, it needs more cellaring in hopes that something blossoms with age. Judgment reserved. Revisit in 2014-2015.
1999 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
96 points
Decanted 1 hour. Medium-garnet colour. Aromas of cherry, talc, leather, rosemary, potpourri, mushroom, sliced plums, mint. Full-bodied, delicious, with cherry, leather, sliced plums, truffle, earth, and mushroom. Moderate-length finish, ~40s, with red fruit and earth. This is just a baby, but man is ever delicious. Additional cellaring will allow this wine to develop into something truly special. 96+ points. Drink 2015-2025+.

Flight 4 (2 notes)

1997 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Rionda Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
96 points
Slow-ox'd for 3 hours, decanted for 2 hours. Medium-dark ruby colour. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, truffle, smoke, earth, mushroom, rosemary. Full-bodied, rich, with amazing texture, finesse, and power. Sottobosco, truffle, and chocolate is present on the palate. Long finish, ~50s, following through from the palate. A truly gorgeous wine, one I feel very lucky to drink considering only a single barrel was made in this inaugural vintage. Will drink well for another 10-15 years. 96+ points. Drink now-2026.
2000 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Riserva Granbussia Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
94 points
Decanted 2 hours. Medium-garnet colour. Nose of cherries, roses, tar, earth, leather. Medium-full bodied, with black cherries, orange peel, and red plums. Moderate-length finish, ~30s, with more red fruit and earth notes. Very interesting to try this wine again, as I tasted it from a barrel sample back in 2006. This wine is clearly still very, very young, and needs additional cellaring. 94+ points. Drink 2015-2022+.
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