Blind N. Italian at Chevalier

Tasted February 2, 2019 by Nanda with 21 views

Flight 1 (19 notes)

Red
1999 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Barbaresco Sorì Paitin Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
89 points
On the rustic side of things, with earthy cherry and violets on the nose. Palate has good concentration with still firm tannin. Should soften, but I don't see this getting markedly better.
Red
1979 Le Colline Barbaresco Riserva Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
Rustic and thin aromas. Very light and dilute. Past peak.
Red
1998 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
Roasted red cherry on the nose. Palate isn't showing much fruit at the moment - more mineral, leather and earth. Still tons of structure here. Needs time or an extended decant -- this bottle only saw an hour or two of slow-o. Upside from here.
Red
1999 Tommaso Bussola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Tb Vigneto Alto Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
This is so far outside of my strike zone -- very hard to understand and enjoy. Big nose of roasted, raisin-y black fruit. Palate is sweet, ripe and port-like.
Red
2000 Tenuta Sant'Antonio Amarone della Valpolicella Campo dei Gigli Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella
Big nose or roasted, ripe and rich black cherry. Amaro like with lots of exotic, herbal spice. Round and plush. I'd like this if it was Amaro. Not what I look for in wine.
Red
2006 AR.PE.PE. Valtellina Superiore - Grumello Riserva Rocca de Piro Italy, Lombardia, Valtellina, Valtellina Superiore - Grumello
90 points
Gorgeous aromatics are full of strawberry, red cherry and raspberry with intense florals. The palate is still quite young and showing lighter. Tight. This will be very good with more time. Upside from here.
Red
2005 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche dell'Annunziata Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
Generous nose is young, ripe and rich with a clear modernist flare, including some new oak that is obvious but not overly obtrusive. Rich and decadent with plenty of firm tannin that is smoothed out by the wood. Fun enough now. Not sure where this goes and not my preferred style, so hard to say.
Red
2011 Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Valpolicella Superiore
Big smoky ripe black fruit and toast on the nose. The palate is ripe, rich and sweet-flavored. So much ripeness and oak. Wow, not my cup of team.
Red
2008 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
90 points
Served blind, I immediately felt this was a modernist Barolo. Full nose of sleek red and black cheery with a notable wood impression. The palate rich, plush and round. Good fruit and tar notes. Tannins are suave and well integrated. Approachable, but clearly with a modern bent.
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Red
2012 Azienda Agricola Elvio Cogno Barbera d'Alba Pre-Phylloxera Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba
92 points
Attractive, full nose of smoky, musky black cherry. The plate has good concentration of plump cherry and plum. Silky tannins and fresh, juicy acids. Very nice.
Red
2005 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
Full, dense and rich nose is showing some age/maturity to the red cherry with an intense herbal note. Palate is quite dry with huge tannins that make themselves known right away. Nice brightness to the maturing, complex fruit. Needs time to come into balance.
Red
2012 Marchesi di Barolo Barbera del Monferrato Maràia Italy, Piedmont, Monferrato, Barbera del Monferrato
As opposed to the '12 Cogno Barbera tasted earlier, this is pretty uninteresting and shows a soft fruit profile with too much heat.
Red
2007 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
93 points
Gorgeous nose of musky red cherry, rose pedals, herbs and spice. The palate has excellent concentration of sweet red cherry. So smooth and elegant. Long fine, finish. This is excellent now with upside. My favorite of the modern-leaning producers.
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Red
2007 Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
A riper fruit profile that shows mature with pronounced balsamico notes. Good concentration of mature cherry fruit, that again shows maturity/age with balsamico and some earth. Probably more mature than it should be at this point.
Red
2012 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
94 points
Served blind to the group. Quite clearly a traditional producer. The palate is so intensely aromatic with bright red cherry, florals, stem and spice. The palate is pure and lifted. Great intensity of flavor without heaviness. Terrific length. Barolo of the vintage candidate, I'd guess.
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Red
2001 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
92 points
Gorgeous full nose shows mature sour cherry, herbs, balsamico and musk. The palate is very good concentration to the mature and layered cherry fruit. Medium-grain tannins are well melded to the fruit. In a very good spot now.
Red
2001 Fratelli Revello Barolo Vigna Giachini Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
The nose shows a bit tight with notions of mature cherry and herb. The palate has rich fruit and still firm structure. Still brooding and rustic now. Should improve with time.
Red
2004 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
94 points
Gorgeous traditional Barolo nose of red cherry, musk, herb and dried florals. The palate is round with good ripeness and richness to the well-behaved and restrained fruit. Tannins are fine but still youthful. Elegant and long. Excellent. Showing surprisingly accessible now. Upside from here.
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Red
1964 Pio Cesare Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
Fairly pale and translucent in appearance -- clearly a wine with some serious age. Attractive nose of dried red fruit and smoke/tar. The palate has lighter concentration, but the fruit is still bright. Plenty of balsam, old leather, dried florals and tar. Classic.
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