November 17, 2019 - Dark ruby, brown, slightly cloudy, dark brick color, not that characteristic of classic Barolo; black olives, forest floor, tar, sweet black cherry compote, mostly black fruit quality, sap, smoke, grilled red bell peppers, sauteed mushrooms; smooth, quite silky, moderate+ tannic grip, clearly not the mineral, amaro, savory classic Barolo I'm used to. Not bad, and oak pretty well integrated, but too soft, too easy, and masks true great Barolo character. Got lost with the Fontanafredda Riserva Speciale 1964 at Celestino (thanks Conrad). Still, really good with Triple Beam olive pizza the day after.
October 10, 2019 - Opened at 3:00 and poured out a glass: wonderful fruit-oriented bouquet hinting at things to come, but primarily high-toned flavors and tannins.
Dinner at 7:00: open for business with a bouquet of tar and roses and flavors of flowing, ripe red fruits, integrated oak notes, and lots of food-friendly dark citrus.
End of dinner 9:00 with the sediment at the bottom of the glass, flavors have gotten rounder, more chocolatey.
A wonderful ride and drinking very well with aeration.
No rush to drink.
August 18, 2019 - From magnum, delicious Barolo. Close to full bodied. Good Barolo flavors.
July 7, 2019 - Deep opaque garnet with slightly orange rim. Modern style Barolo with noticeable oak treatment. Rich fruity character with traditional notes present but in the background. Pronounced acidity carries into the medium long finish with tannins present and clearly demanding some hearty dishes. Nice.
June 29, 2019 - Cellared since purchase in 2009. Cork was dry but no seepage. Orange/Brown color and undrinkable.
June 15, 2019 - Still tasting very fresh and alive, just more mature. Dark red fruits, earth and spice.
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