August 18, 2019 - based on the condition of the cork, which looked rather new, this bottle could be re-corked, the level was very high for a 30 year old as well. That said, it was a great bottle, silky tannis, lots of mushroom and herbal notes, dried roses, you name it, this one got them all. why only 91? it does lacked fruit somewhat and also a little more structure would suit me better, well, after all, this is the Queen of Neb.
November 16, 2018 - Burnt rubber and sweet sugary tastes, a bit minimalistic but good. Produttori dB is always good value.
October 16, 2018 - A really lovely bottle. Plenty of Indian spice, tar and leather to the aroma. It is sweet and vinous with savoury plant matter and meat flavours. It has good depth and chew and a line of fine, minerally acidity.
July 27, 2017 - Sweet, soft, and fading a bit, but a lovely old nose of roses and licorice, and sweet, plummy, mature fruit on the palate. Tasty with a nice meal, but nothing head-spinning here. Drink now.
July 24, 2017 - Has some truffle and porcini development on the nose. There's a core of sweet red fruit. It is complex and ethereal and drinking beautifully today.
July 1, 2017 - Holding up beautifully. The black label bottling of this wine, described on Ken Vastola's site, Fine Wine Geek. Mature, but at no risk of decline. A classic structured vintage, with good structure and balance, fruit, and lots of iron, rust, tar, etc. Good stuff.
April 25, 2017 - The Rotating Dinners, I.9: Produttori Normale (Chicago, IL): Compared to the 1990, this was a bit more demure and far less volatile, and had a better nose, but the palate was not as convincing. There's a nice earthiness on the nose, but it feels the fruit is somewhat muted here. I get the same impression on the palate as well, and I can't help but think that given this great vintage, that there should be a little bit more from this wine.
August 15, 2016 - Corked
August 15, 2016 - Heavily corked. Unapproachable.
June 19, 2016 - This is the uncommon black-label bottling of the 89, from a single cask that was purchased by a German wine retailer (the story goes), and then given a special label. It's terrific wine, whatever the label. Still quite dense and structured, and another case in which much more air would have been nice. As it was, loads of dark berry fruit with earthy tar notes and not much of the softerside of Barbaresco showing. A pretty muscular wine, actually.