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Community Tasting Notes (15) Avg Score: 91.8 points

  • My sole bottle. Superb cork, no ullage. Burgundy glass. Intriguing nose of sandalwood, raspberry, cranberry, orange zest. Smooth, medium bodied. Wonderfully drying Italian tannins that coat/dry and pucker the buccal mucosa, that's the standout feature of this wine. Long perfumed finish. 15% alcohol is not evident. Made for osso bucco or bistecca. This will age well and soften and maintain it's structure due to those tannins, good acid level and that fruit strength.

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  • 1.5h decanted, but would profit from more.
    Incredible complex bouquet, light notes of menthol, eukalyptus, herbacious and spice, the fruit aromas are not dominant, but there are some red fruits and hints of berries. the nose is complemented by soft vanilla and sweet woody notes.
    palate: typical rustical barolo notes. same aromas as in the nose. wood, red fruits. the bouquet was more pleasant than the palate.
    adstringent and very present tannins, but still ripe.
    some weeks ago we tasted the 2010 cicala, which had much more fruit and was more structured.
    got better after time, but would suggest waiting another 5-10y or decant more.

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  • - 1.5h decanted
    - Nose: Medium (+) intense nose with an herbaceous, stony aroma imprint. In addition, nicely but gently coated with dark fresh berries (blackberries, currants) but also red-fruited (red plums, raspberries). Very complex nose that is also tremendously structured. Wow, you don't want to stop smelling. More and more vanilla and wood arrive.
    - Mouth: dry, medium alcohol, still quite present tannins (slightly unripe - medium), the fruit body is not quite as powerfull as in the 2010. The taste picture is more on the red-fruity side in the mouth. The length is good but the tannins get in the way a bit.
    - Conclusion: Top in the nose, ok in the mouth. Can last another 10 years. 93 points.

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  • High toned, aromatic wine. The usual cranberry tart Cicala aroma, high to medium acid, long and balanced, with some residual tannins. Evolving quickly, a hall mark of the hot '09 vintage. At the cusp where the fruit has begun showing some balsamic qualities and the tannins have receded enough for one to enjoy the wine. Would want to drink this while the fruit is still fleshy and primary.

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  • WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of anise, black pepper and black berries. Flavors of berries and cherries. Bright acidity, drying tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold.

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    November/December 2013, IWC Issue #171, (See more on Vinous...)

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