January 18, 2021 - A brilliant Nebbiolo - supposedly from a lesser Barbaresco vintage - nothing floral or sweet, all grounded and savoury. A bouquet of red cherries and plums, melted road tar, menthol, damp peaty soil and dried herbs. On palate, still quite coiled and tight but open enough to be enjoyed now. Ovello typicity. Earthy with underbrush, plush red cherries - some sour - and plums, soy, sottobosco and creosote. Piercing but not aggressive acidity. Structured, full and dense. The tannic grip on the quite long finish suggest this Ovello should be even better from 2024+.
December 27, 2020 - Ovello is one of the larger crus and hence can sometimes be difficult to have a good understanding of the true characteristics. Aromas of wild blackberry, plums, crushed stones, dried herbs and tar. The palate is much more herbacious and serious versus the Pora; This is of medium-full bodied with firm tannins wild mountain spicy dark fruit, dried herbs, black tea, crushed stones, with a rich and savory finish. This needs a little more time and even though I tasted this over a few nights my notes remained the same. A solid Cru but not one I would re-buy, I don't get to 95 of Monica. 92+
November 25, 2020 - In my opinion better than many of the below notes imply but really needed time. Drank from a magnum that was never decanted. Initially sharp and acidic but come hour six open it really began to soften. Night two was the biggest change with fruit and finesse starting to emerge. Soft red fruit, truffle, mineral, and tar. Acidity remained high so more of a food wine than a drinker. Nothing flashy just a solid work horse. Needs 5 more year to come into a better window
November 15, 2020 - Just opened up the second bottle of a case. First notes on this wine was about 6 months ago.This continues to improve and is drinking even better.
Great acidity, medium red-light fruit/tar nose, tannins are there but the fruits are dominant and leave a sweetness the gives this wine great length.
A very approachable ,very good Barbaresco that will fatten up even more with age but is at a stage of maturing I very much enjoy. Wow
August 19, 2020 - Uni dimensional and awkward tannins. Am disappointed but it could be a storage problem along the way
July 31, 2020 - Medium red, high acidity, slight tar/raspberry nose, drying tannins and light red fruits coat the palate. Things open up and integrate into a slightly softer/ rounder flavour after about an hour. With the acidity this would be a great food wine. Tar taste lingers with the light red fruit. Slight sweetness pops up after a couple of glasses. Getting better with time. Light weight in body but packed with lots of flavour if you give it some time.
Saved a third of the bottle for the next day. Good acidity , the tannins have settled down and a wave of sweet fruit lingers on the palate. Excellent
April 28, 2020 - Decanted and poured. Robe: ruby with some bricking on the edges. Redolent nose of red fruits, menthol and spring herbs. Palate is silky, with well-knit but quite dense tannins. Big and piercing finish that keeps going. Will write a second note tomorrow after wine is open for 24 hours.
Day two: nose hasn't evolved to speak of. On the palate the wine yields a powerful display of red fruit, silky tannins, a big middle palate and long finish. Hold off for another two years.
April 13, 2020 - Même identité que le Pora, mais avec un style plus costaud, mais reste très fin et facile à boire comme
Nebbiolo. À ce stade-ci, je préfère Pora.
April 12, 2020 - Carafée 3 heures avant et ce n’était pas encore assez à mon sens. Nez sur les fruits plus noirs, tabac, un côté floral entre autres avec un peu de rose. La bouche est assez tannique au départ et il lui faut beaucoup de temps pour s’assouplir un peu, mais il y a du fruit, une bonne acidité et une finale intéressante qui est typée Nebbiolo sans être trop asséchante. J’ai bien aimé, c’est bien sur beaucoup trop jeune mais je voulais essayer pour me faire une idée car il en reste un peu dans le réseau et le prix ($67) est passablement correct pour un vin du Piémont de cette qualité. 89-90
January 18, 2020 - My first 2014 Riserva opened since my 2018 tasting in Barbaresco, in the hope that this 2014 might be quite forward and accessible ... And so it is, but it is a serious - not at all 'light' - wine, earning its Riserva status. Drunk over two evenings, slightly better - but more developed - on the second. Deep, dark ruby. On bouquet, sweet herbs and spices, dry brushwood, largely dark red fruit, tilled soil with a touch of mushroom. On the second evening, more mushrooms, sottobosco and tar, the earth more damp. On entry, savoury, cut herbs and earthy notes. Fresh, precise acidity. Tart, sour cherries - no suggestion of sweetness on the palate - with a touch more sottobosco and creosote on the second evening. A little austere and closed on the mid palate. Good, volume, concentration and structure. The tannins a little soft and not at all aggressive. It will drink better in 3-4+ years.