August 30, 2018 - A serious structured barbaresco. Dark, dark, dark cherry. Ripe fruit but fitting for the vintage, still very tannic and dry. A bit of leather, some earth, sandalwood. Not much on the floral side, more tar. Traditional. Very likeable. But not for nebb noobs.
August 28, 2017 - Soft and smooth red fruit with dry hay. Balanced acidity and very food friendly. Great match with pasta and sausage tossed with fresh tomato sauce.
April 29, 2017 - Flowery nose. Ripe fruit (mostly red), wood shavings, and light spice flavors. Medium body. A slight sweetness in the background, which was unusual in a Barbaresco in my experience but went really well with the rest of the flavor profile.
July 15, 2016 - From a 375, purchased at a restaurant for $24. A hell of a good deal. Firm, dry tannins gave excellent structure, and in conjunction with acidity, this went very well with lamb tagine. Some tar, but mostly floral and herbal. Rose, menthol, mint, licorice, and dusty/sour cherry. Some good depth provided by black fruits on the midpalate. Best immediately upon pour from bottle, as the wine flattened with air. K&L Bistro in Sebastopol nailed this wine list addition.
March 5, 2016 - Ruby red with a burnt orange edge; dark fruit, some ripe cherries and oak; Medium bodied, very dry, tart, strong tannins; nice long and clean finish.=
November 22, 2014 - This wine really disappointed. The aromas and flavors were flat from start to finish. I drank this over three days to give it a chance.
August 24, 2014 - Great wine. Bought from the winemaker last summer, he's a great chap. Very special bottle for my partner and me, and we've have been enjoying it last night and today. Fresh, very expressive nose of dark fruit, orchard stone fruit, bright wood, dust, with delicious hints of baking spices and mediterranean herbs. In the mouth it is clean, with medium-low acidity, balanced tannins and fairly long finish. Maybe it could wait a little longer? There's still room for something spectacular to emerge on the palate, but so far it's decidedly good and we'd get it again.
June 20, 2014 - Corked
March 7, 2014 - Very deep clear ruby in the glass. Highly expressive, clean nose of red fruit, florals, forest, smoke, leather. In the mouth: intense dark cherry, dried flowers, herbs, "attic." Medium body, medium+ acidity, high-intensity, raspy tannins, long finish. Drinking extremely well at this young age but still has quite a ways to go.
August 31, 2013 - With Amy at Erbaluce. Out of the bottle, Nebbiolo cherry and dust, leather. Picks up more nuance with time in the glass. Maybe a little young and not the most brilliant Barbaresco, but it scratches the itch. Tannic, broad-shouldered; hasn't really come together yet. Might improve with another few years.