Friday evening, and with an array of Italian antipasti - truffle salami, rosemary ham, finocchio, and Serrano - oops, a Spanish ham, but oh so wonderful when aged properly, it was time to bring out the big gun...
1996 Barolo Cascina Francia, Giacomo Conterno
The nose is a sheer dream with gorgeous notes of red cherries, dried mushrooms, autumn leaves, dried strawberries, expensive tobacco and some pine forest aromas. Sooo deep and utterly enchanting. This is what dreams are made of.
The taste is tight, elegant and powerful with lots and lots of rose petals, rosehips, dried mushrooms, cherry pips, licorice and autumn leaves. The finish goes on forever and there is some still young tannins making there mark in the end of the finish. In 8-10 years this will be flirting with perfection.
97p (tasted 2013/05)