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2017 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Langhe Nebbiolo dai Vigneti di Proprietà Langhe DOC
1/12/2022 - Macdog wrote:
Red fruit, light, excellent. Barolo lite on the N and P. Great qpr. Drink now, not sure if this is made to age but the note below is interesting re the wine on day 3.
  • ShakinSwedens commented:

    1/12/22, 1:20 PM - G. Mascarello wines have this magical quality of ‘simpleness’ in youth that transforms and develops body and complexity with age where it somehow doesn’t seem like it would. Wasn’t sure the Langhe Nebb would have that quality but the development through day 3 suggests it might!

  • ShakinSwedens commented:

    1/13/22, 1:37 PM - Haven’t yet- but I bought a case of 12 so if I can resist I’m keen to see what happens with one or two laying down

Red
2010 Francesco Rinaldi e Figli Barolo Le Brunate Nebbiolo
12/25/2020 - Red Devils Does not like this wine:
86 points
Big disappointment. Decanted for 3 hours. No fruit. Certainly past its prime. I have another bottle which I will try and decant a day prior. Real rarity in my distaste for a Barolo
  • ShakinSwedens commented:

    11/29/21, 4:59 AM - Although Nebbiolo loves air, I’ve found sometimes decanting achieves the opposite of what I intended- quixotically! How was it before decanting- did you taste on opening by any chance?

Red
2016 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe Nebbiolo
11/18/2021 - jpp10780 Likes this wine:
90 points
Engrossed in conversation with an old friend, it was hard to get the best read on this, my 4th bottle of 2016 Albe. It's still quite solid and quaffable which is a weird way to describe young nebbiolo. Tannins have mellowed already with some fruit quietly dissipating from what I recall from my last bottle about 9 months ago. Perhaps it's entering a dumb phase but still has a bit of life left. I'll try another bottle in a few months. As good as this is, I have a hard time seeing it age well.
  • ShakinSwedens commented:

    11/18/21, 6:53 PM - Seems to me most 2016 Barolos are shut down right now and probably going to be worth approaching again in 5+ years time.

Red
2016 Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia Nebbiolo
Lifted elegant and light Barolo- la morra femininity with a gentle floral nose, medium body and some nice red fruit and goudron notes. Lovely toothsome tannins that softened with food. Drunk over 2 days- air definitely improved it but possibly also day 1 being “leaf” and day 2 being “fruit” on the biodynamic calendar. Despite all the positives of the development, I can’t help thinking something was being held back- or some element was not showing as well as it should. Good, enjoyable, but not memorable. Probably entering the tunnel as so many ‘16s are at the moment.
  • ShakinSwedens commented:

    11/9/21, 5:01 AM - Hard to say- my cellar isn’t ideal for long haul storage but if yours is then another 5 years should hopefully see it gain more weight and complexity. I find once Barolos shut down (I’ve really enjoyed the last few years immediately on release) then 12-15 years from harvest tends to be the sweet spot. Does depend on producer and vintage also

Red
2015 Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Les Grands Chaillots Pinot Noir
Held up well over two days- drier tannins towards the end being the only downside I experienced. Great quality price ratio, typical NSG bouquet described very well in the notes below- I noted additionally gentle touches of girolle mushroom on day one and some soft leather on day two. Complex for its level- this is a well made wine at the perfect stage of evolution for my tastes.
  • ShakinSwedens commented:

    11/1/21, 11:30 PM - Hi Byron- I noted this as a slight spritz in the first bottle from the case but haven’t experienced in the other 3 I have opened.

Red
2016 Vietti Barolo Castiglione Nebbiolo
5/31/2021 - Motz wrote:
96 points
Tasted over two days.

This bottle had gone to sleep and locked down. Wow! Totally reticent compared to the previous two bottles. No amount of air coaxed it from its perturbed stated of having been awoken from deep slumber.

Even though incalcitrant, and massively tannic, the wine showed no edges or harshness, no bite, and perfect balance. Based on this showing, probably best to hold for at least three to five years. This is world class Barolo and it will go the distance. Likely to peak after 2040. Off-the-chain QPR!!! 95-96.
  • ShakinSwedens commented:

    5/31/21, 2:04 PM - This was my experience too. Think 2016s, despite the early approachability are going to need significant cellar time before we can enjoy them again

Red
2017 Roberto Voerzio Langhe Nebbiolo Disanfrancesco Langhe DOC
4/9/2021 - Ulveström wrote:
89 points
Raspberry, licorice, leather and wood. Think this boy shut down, lacking most of the floral quality. Will leave his brothers a couple of years. Body and tannins are there and acid is ok so maybe years will do the trick.
  • ShakinSwedens commented:

    4/9/21, 5:06 PM - This wine is only just starting to come together- a year ago it was almost sour. Incredible for a Langhe Nebbiolo! Think it should come with a drinking window 5-15 years after harvest

Red
2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
3/20/2021 - hansaxe wrote:
Beautiful wine Do not drink before 2024. A lot of tannin that has to worked out
  • ShakinSwedens commented:

    3/20/21, 3:37 PM - Agree! Strange though as PDB is usually one of the more quickly accessible bottlings and so many other 2016s from the Langhe had an accessible period on release. Maybe this did and is now shut down for a while. The 2014 just opened up again so perhaps early 2023 for these?

Red
2015 Luigi Baudana Barolo Baudana Nebbiolo
2/26/2021 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
95 points
It’s good but nowhere near as approachable as other 15’s have been young. High acid with tart/sour red fruit and mineral night one. Come the second night deeper red/dark/plumy fruit emerges with classic tar/roses and a really nice spearmint element. In ten years this will be lights out.
  • ShakinSwedens commented:

    2/28/21, 8:25 AM - Sounds like this vintage is entering shut down phase- had a very approachable bottle 8 months ago. You’re right it’s going to stellar when it re-emerges!

Red
2016 Cupano Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese
Even if it's not so approachable just yet, directly after first tasting it, I went and bought five bottles. Some oak needs to better integrate. I'll start drinking in two years. Great structure. HOLD. 14,0% abv. highly recommended

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  • ShakinSwedens commented:

    2/5/21, 7:17 AM - I love that you were going to hold the others and drink in two years yet there are already 2 more notes above! Love your enthusiasm for this bottling and excited to try one for myself this evening!

Red
2016 Vietti Barolo Castiglione Nebbiolo
11/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
96 points
Over two days. The same bottle Coravined in June. Alongside the celebrated, same vintage Produttori del Barbaresco.

A treat! Alluring bouquet of muddled thick petal flowers, rose garden, rose hip, hibiscus and raspberry tea, acerola, orange preserves, petrol derivatives, and wafting hints of smokehouse. The longer the wine breathes, the stronger all these elements become. Sensuous attack, showing velour-like textures, generous middle, with good grip, then, particularly after air, a bracing tannin wall...that lends definition to the word bracing...announces its presence with authority and verve. The finish, of course, carries the same tannic substance, enhanced with by the aforementioned, and I might add, seductive flavors.

The wine's overall intensity ramped up on the second, a feat that the PdB could not match. And, overall, this left the excellent PdB in its figurative dusty wake. Indeed, while both wines offer exceptional QPR, this one rates off-the-chain in that category.

In another comparison, the PdB presented a touch of bite (herbaceous bitterness) at the back, seemingly as part of the wine. This wine, while certainly intense, delivers ripe and appealing tannin at the back and finish. Again, be warned: once the tannins come out to play, after about a half hour of air, they reach 'soul-destroying' levels. Thus, tanninphobes should pop-n-pour this and drink it quickly with hearty fare. The tannin tolerant, and tannin enthusiasts, such as myself, should decant this for 10+ hours, and still be prepared for a tannin-whooping, behind the woodshed!!! Otherwise, given that a lock down seems imminent, recommend holding for seven to ten years, probably longer. This drop-dead sexy monster, for lack of any better descriptors, should evolve for no less than two decades from today, perhaps three. Greatness awaits! 96-97.
  • ShakinSwedens commented:

    1/14/21, 10:32 AM - Thanks for the great note!

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