Friday 14 February 2014

Valentine´s Day Barolo - 2001 Via Nuova & Cannubi, E. Pira

Its Valentine´s Day and I love Barolo! Lets open two bottles!

I have with friends visited Chiara two times over the years and they have been great visits. At one of them, she said after a while that she within an hour was expecting a visit from Mr and Mrs Parker from Maryland, USA. Guess who we thought it was...? :-)
So we hanged around for an hour, and to our disappointment (? :-)) Mr and Mrs Parker was a very nice couple from Maryland but not that Mr Parker, if you know what I mean.
At the next visit Chiara sabered a bottle of Champagne upon our arrival and we drank a 1971 E. Pira, that we brought. I have some pictures, but from the moment I can´t find them. I will update this post when I do.

2001 Barolo Via Nuova, E. Pira
A fine, pure, creamy nose with notes of ripe red cherries, rosehips, boiled beets, rosemary soap and lots of minerals. Very fresh and fine. Elegant. Still a little restrained, even with some time in the glass.
The taste is young, tight and seedy with notes of hard cherry candy, rosemary bushes, mushrooms, rosehips and earth. The finish is medium long, dry and with a fine warmth. Needs another 5+ years to blossom. This is good!
91p   (tasted 2014/02)

2001 Barolo Cannubi, E. Pira
A deep and beautiful nose with stunning notes of red cherries, ceps, fresh herbs, black tea, a hint of tobacco and a bucket full of rose petals. Just gorgeously balanced, lively and fresh. A lovely sweetness to the fruit. Striking!
The taste is pure, complex and young with notes of cherry pips, hard cherry candy, ceps, rose petals and autumn leaves. The tannins are sandy and fine yet packing a nice punch. Gorgeous now, but will evolve into something really special with 6-8 years in a cool cellar.
94p   (tasted 2014/02)

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