February 4, 2022 - Prior reviews explain this wine well. Very nice though can't say it is really my style. Others liked alot though and are more experienced with Italian wines.
January 30, 2022 - Dark ruby with high optical density and medium specular reflectivity, with slight amber rim. Aromas of soft cherry, crushed leaves, dried flower pedals, and spices of rum cake. Medium intensity and decent complexity.
On the palate, soft medium body with medium acidity and integrated tannins. Very round and seductive texture, with decent structure. Flavours of light dusty red fruits that carry through the entire journey, with crushed gravel, fresh earth, and clean tobacco smoke adding on. The midpalate is interesting and plenty intense, though in an elegant way. Finishes clean, with nice length over a dried leather and crushed roasted nuts. Overall medium intensity and a bit better than medium complexity.
This is a classic and good quality wine. Shows its age well, with a soft approachable framework and an elegant and refined presence. Awesome wine! Balanced, austere in all the best ways, and some thoughtful depth.
January 2, 2022 - 100% Nebbiolo. Ruby color with brown edges. Aromas of dark fruits, rose petal, tar, leather. On the palate, complex structure, dark fruits, well intregrated tannins, acidity keeps it fresh. Bought a dozen from an auction, ready to drink now!
October 24, 2021 - Should you be interested, I’ve uploaded info for this vintage which you can peruse at your leisure. 😉
35 min slow ox; Private Preserve used after Day 1
N: Fragrant straws with fresh roses & cherries; Earthiness & notes of plums with addt'l air/swirling
P: LM body; NICE, ALMOST swtish frt met by an astringent pucker which nicely resolves as it morphs into a very LONG, tangy/swt finish with ult a beautifully balanced elegance. Went nicely with plain Black Beans, not quite as well (though still > acceptably) with Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Whl Wheat Bread.
// Day 2: Aromatically ~ with some choc & spice that I didn't notice Day 1. P shows < frt vis-a-vis the acidity, which wasn't all that noticeable 'cept with food, the Port Salut Cheese seeming to do the best.
// Day 3: ~ Day 2, acidity continuing to gain over the diminishing frt, though this was < noticeable with tiny sips, particularly when paired with the Stouffer's Swedish Meatballs & Feta Cheese Crumbles.
// Day 4: Aromatics down for the 1st time, P no WORSE than expected.
// ∑: SOLIDLY my EXC- (91), VERY arguably the higher end of my EXC (92,93/100 using that metric), particularly if finished Day1 *&* one considers the QPR of the $26.44 / 750 ml pd for it in the Spring of 2016. DEFINITELY in its window, & I can see it drinking through '24, VERY poss longer. 14% ABV [From a 1L bottle]
August 7, 2021 - Rose bush in bloom, cherry, blackberry, orange peel, beef stew, trailing fine sandy chocolate and Dutch liquorice tannins, and then velvet. Ample length. Benefitted greatly from an hour of air, now open three, getting better and better.
May 1, 2021 - Roses, orange peel, tar; smooth, somewhat resolved tannins, good presence and length; enjoyable
March 28, 2021 - Nose of chocolate and blackberry with herbal notes. Palate was similar with distinctive sweet pepper after the fruit. Medium weight, long and versatile with food. Opened up gradually and seems like it could go for many years.
March 3, 2021 - Monstrous wine. Dark, brooding, bitter chocolate, woodland floor and soil. Super stuff
November 6, 2020 - This wine is certainly taking it's time to unfurl. Much darker and denser textured than the 2011, which has a much higher-toned, red-fruited, instant charm. Clearly also a more 'serious' wine, dark fruits - cherry and blackberry, not quite blackcurrant (though maybe blackcurrant leaf?), with those animalistic and earthier tones (rather than leather at the moment).
My last note was 2016, when this was coiled tight, and whilst still having plenty of room (and stuff) to improve, this is slowly starting to progress into it's drinking window.
And considering this is only a commune not an MGA wine, and could easily develop over another decade, clearly shows how long some of these 2010's are going to live for.
August 19, 2020 - balanced and tertiary, a little more than I expected from such a great vintage. The 2011 had much more pretty fruit. Still a good wine but wouldn't seek out this vintage