May 8, 2021 - Much more rustic than I was expecting. There was some orange/brown along the edges. Slightly bitter at first but then opened up nicely. Strong aromas of leather, cinnamon. Excellent finish.
March 28, 2021 - Definitely drinking well right now. This was outstanding. Popped and poured and that was the good decision. Cheers.
April 8, 2019 - Had been sitting on this bottle for many many years and served it with a traditional Piedmontese dish of Panissa Risotto. I see the mass appeal of this bottle - the touch of French Oak lifts the aromas and gives the wine a roundness and upfront flavors that Nebbiolo usually lacks. It makes the wine much more approachable and enjoyable. On top of that, the strength of this vineyard can easily be seen with the complex flavors, intense acidity, and fine astringency. It’s a magnificent effort.
May 15, 2018 - Wasn't sure what to expect when I pulled this from my cellar. The color had started to brown so didn't expect much. But it was beautiful and properly balanced with rustic red fruits, acidity and earthy tones. Had a couple of glasses, hopefully still shows well tonight. Have one more of these to pull, it's time to drink up while it is singing its last encore.
January 20, 2018 - Wine # 6 in Blind Nebbiolo Tasting (J. Haslam)
The group thought this was a '11 or '12 Barolo. I thought it was an '04/'05 Barolo so this was my only victory of the night. I tried this a few years ago and loved it but could not find anywhere to buy this wine - JJ Buckley had 4 bottles of the '13 which I purchased.
This was also the WOTN out of 11 wines (6 #1 votes) with some strong competition - It was my WOTN as well.
Only notes I had: Rose petals, menthol, cherry and sour cherry on nose / palate. Very tannic, lots of oak on palate but very balanced. I loved this as did the group. 94+ This has aged extremely well and as Russk noted below, this is a producer to seek out.
December 17, 2017 - Russk. Whiners holiday party at Jim and daren's house. Theme Italian wines 10 years and older. For me this was the WOTN. A perfectly mature barbaresco showing it's feminine side. The 14.5% alcohol felt more like 13.5%. Other years on cellartracker appear to be very well-reviewed. Keep an eye out for this producer.
November 10, 2017 - Pretty red. Needed a bit of air and to come up from cellar temp.
April 17, 2017 - Intense perfumed dried rose petals aroma. Clay rich soil? Sweet yet delicate rose water taste shines against the background of a slightly aged nebbiolo. Lost most of its youthful appeal, settling into middle age. Still very pretty, feminine style wine, drinking well now.
August 19, 2016 - Fully developed now, a former cherry praline with dried and slightly blurred fruit, dried roses, bazaar spice, and hints of chocolate and coffee. Smooth tannins, moderate freshness, velvet texture and a slightly thick consistency. Yummy, and slowly going downhill, it needs the right food companions for the toasted components to be fully enjoyable. Probably at its best four to five years ago. For the record, vintage '10 was also quite oaky. We'd love to see this wine with less new and toasted oak in the future.
February 7, 2016 - Wow factor off the chain amazing. 30 minutes this opens to wonderful wine with long smooth finish.