May 18, 2019 - Air is this wine’s friend and this was definitely the best bottle yet: the significant oak has integrated beautifully, the tannins have receded, and the challenges on the acerbic finish have--at least for this bottle--entirely receded, leaving a bouquet with tertiary, earthy hints, and dark, modestly plush, woodsy-textured fruit with cocoa and good baritone harmony.
April 4, 2019 - Very nice! Drinking very nicely with lots of Nebbiolo character. Nice aftertaste. Should have decanted to give it more time to open, but we were in a restaurant.
March 27, 2019 - If you like oak in your Nebbiolo then this is the wine for you.
If you're an old school Barolo lover - skip it.
This wine was black to brown opaque.
Could not tease out roses.
Had sitting upright for two months. Did not need my used Durand.
Toward the end of the decant smoke did not appear, but thin chunks of sediment then pebbles of sediment. Had to leave almost 2 glasses in the bottle.
It had dark musty nose of oak with mushrooms. No sharpness.
Had decanted at 2pm. By 4:30 it had nose of plums, leather, muddy stones,crushed vines, touch of coco, and dust.
By 5:30 tar showed up.
First taste revealed a huge wine. Long finish, lots of tar, panoply of spices, licorice, tobacco and leather.
Later it seemed primal, oaky with lots of new oak and vanilla tannins.
Chocolate started to show.
The oak was way too much.
I still liked it. But will sell my remaining bottles at auction.
It's a shame to ruin good Barolo like this.
If Barolo were a God, sitting on high among the greats of Earth's Heaven, he would have had to have his angered, destructive hand stayed for free will's sake.
December 21, 2018 - Needed about 4hr decant to really open up well. Excellent wine
December 2, 2018 - 3-hour decent recommended. Deep inner sweetness but limited on top, almost constrained. Good texture and the old acerbic notes are gone. I’m not sure this will improve; not enough juice. Drink now - 2022.
June 9, 2018 - Bereits recht fortgeschritten im Alterungsprozess, anfangs schöne Nase, welche mit der Zeit verlor.
May 19, 2018 - Little funky Brett-like on the nose right out of the bottle. Thankfully, it blew off after 30 minutes. Dark purple, almost opaque in the glass. Gave up some earthy mushroom and a little leather. Not as complex as I expected. Tannins still there, but nicely resolved. If I had another bottle I would decant to see if it just needs more time.
March 2, 2018 - Drank at Divina with Noel. Tasty modern barolo, ready to drink. Dark, opaque, full bodied. Enjoyable though I prefer the traditional style.
February 3, 2018 - Q1 - 2018 Tasting - Aged Barolo Theme (NY, NY): 10/17 wines tasted double blind. This one looked very young in the glass, ruby red - no bricking. On the palate is tasted very muted old and musty - no bright fruits so it was confusing to me. Perhaps some mild TCA?? 1.5*
February 3, 2018 - Aged Barolo (aka Q1 wine club) (The Apt): Wine #10: First impression was the alcohol comes through quite a bit with this one but it blew off with a bit of time. Then there was the funk, but that also with some swirling seemed to give way. What was left was more red fruits and a kindof fresh cut wood taste to it. Young wine and a bit closed up. Prob could have benefited from a good decant. (3 pennies)