Tuesday, 15 August 2017

A Bottle Of Bubbly - 2008 Brut, Thiénot


2008 Brut, Thiénot
Yet another 08 Champagne, the best vintage since 1988 IMHO (up to now better than 1996, although I haven´t tasted the big guns yet).
The nose is high, pure and very likeable with notes of white currants, elderberries, chalk amd almond paste. Deep and salivating. Right up my alley. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and racy with notes of lemon licorice, dry fudge, grass and minerals. Long and lingering with a fine, pure acidity. I could use a couple of bottles of this to go into my 08 stash.
92p   (tasted 2017/08)

Monday, 14 August 2017

2014 Brolettino & Ronchedone, Cà Dei Frati

The Brolettino was bought from the state monopoly after some glowing reviews on social media and the Ronchedone was drunk during the beginning of our holiday when we stayed a couple of days in Sirmione at Lake Garda, just a stone throw or two from where these wines are produced.
Info here.

2014 Brolettino, Cà dei Frati
Made out of 100% Turbiana this reminds me of a restrained Chardonnay with notes of peach, candied lemons, cap gun smoke and elderberries. A salivating, fresh and cool nose. Very likeable.
The taste is cool and handsome with notes of grilled lemons, peach and chrushed rock, with a high, fine acidity. Fresh and fine. Really good.
90p   (tasted 2017/07)



2014 Ronchedone, Cà dei Frati
This is a blend of Mazzemino, Sangiovese and about 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is deep and rich with ripe black cherries, graphite, rosemary and pipe tobacco. Broad and beautiful. Some new wood. Really good.
The taste is young, tight and refined, more so than on the nose. Fine notes of black currants, pencil shavings, leather (those 10% Cabernet shows :-) and dusty earth. Polished tannins. Long and fine. Should mature nicely for the coming 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2017/08)

Friday, 11 August 2017

Two Baroli

We spent the last two days of our vacation in Italy in Langhe (more on that later), and when I come home, what do I crave....more Baroli!

2005 Barolo, Kiola
Both bottles decanted for an hour. The first sniff of the 05 is all about forest floor and mushrooms. With more air scents of rosehips, leather, spices and chocolate wafers emerge. Very good. Actually even better on the nose on day two.
The taste has got some age with notes of old leather, mushrooms, coffee grounds and a touch of angostura. A fine dryness in the finish. Become more dry on day two but still holds it grounds.
87p   (tasted 2017/08)


2012 Barolo, Franco Soliano
I must find more from this producer (a Terredavino make of some sort) for this is good! The nose i high, cool and pure with notes of ripe lingonberries, paint, violets and some sage aromas. Very fine. Holds fine until the next day.
The taste is tight and energetic with notes of cool strawberries, roses and asphalt. A long, lingering finish with sandy tannins with a fine bite to them. Really good.
91p   (tasted 2017/08)

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Amarone - Why Oh Why?

I have been hesitating for almost a year over writing this post.

I am fortunate to taste and drink a lot of good and great wines. Not just quality wise but also the kind of wines I personally like.
Occasionally there are wines that I don´t fancy, those that aren´t my cup of tea, but that doesn´t happen too often.

Then there were this tasting - 26 wines poured. 7 of them I could (but woulnd´t) taste and drink again. 19 were in various degrees of mediocary down to real awfulness.

Prunes. I don´t like prunes. And here it were prunes in almost every wine, in some soo much I started to think that the wines were actually made out of prunes instead of grapes.

If you are a fan of Amarone, you should stop reading now. This is not going to be pretty.
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Famiglie dell´Amarone d´Arte is organisation of thirteen family owned wineries that combined stands for 20% of the total production of Amarone each year.
Each producer presented two wines, one recent vintage and one of various age.

I give the wine a approximate score since I spent just a couple of minutes with each wine.

Allegrini
2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
A big, meaty, burned nose with cherry jam, sweet licorice and some VA.
The taste is big and fiery with notes of dark cherries, asphalt and lots of wood smoke. Grain alcohol in the finish.
~82p   (tasted 2016/10)

2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
An old, dried up nose with burnt earth, prunes, dark licorice and VA.
The taste is very dry with notes of figs, dried cherries and dusty earth. The finish is all dried up and like licking on a blotting paper.
~76p   (tasted 2016/10)

Begali
2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Monte Ca´Bianca
A young, upfront, sweet nose with notes of sun dried tomatoes, wood smoke and yes, prunes. Big.
The taste is forceful with lots of jammy fruit, smoke and cooked tomatoes. Very dry tannins in the long finish.
~81p   (tasted 2016/10)


2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Monte Ca´Bianca
A mature, foursquare nose with notes of cherry jam, warm herbs, VA and some dog fur, but that mix is rather likeable.
The taste is dry and fiery with notes of dried cherries, licorice and dusty earth, but manages to package all into a nice experience.
~87p   (tasted 2016/10)

Brigaldara
2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Case Vecie
This one is actually really good with a deep, more red fruited nose with notes of ripe strawberries, spices, smoke and some animal scents.
The taste is big and steady but keeps it all together with notes of red cherries, forest floor, beet roots and ripe flowers. Very, very good.
~89p   (tasted 2016/10)


2012 Amarone della Valpolicella 
The ordinary 12 isn´t that good. Here were are again with a nose filled with with cooked fruit, prunes, VA and burnt earth.
The taste is young and fiery with foursquare fruit, lots of heat and dusty earth. The finish is rather good though.
~80p   (tasted 2016/10)

Guerrieri Rizzardi
2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Calcarole
An interesting mix of overripe black cherries, soap, chocolate and VA...
The taste is big and compact with notes of cooked cherries, prunes, dry licorice and scorched earth. Very long and very warm with bitter tannins. Supposedly a No 1 wine in Gambero Rosso in 2014...
~78p   (tasted 2016/10)

2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Calcarole Century Edition
Lo and behold, this three year older version is much, much better, with a deep, warm, somewhat mature nose with notes of ripe cherries, cigarr smoke, forest floor and violets.
The taste is big and concentrated but keeps everything in balance and the finish is very long and luscious. Very, very good.
~90p   (tasted 2016/10)

Masi
2011 Amarone Classico Costasera
Oh dear. An overly sweet, cloying nose with prunes, nougat, Muscovado sugar and wet saw dust...
The taste is dryer than the nose promises with overripe cherries, band aid and dark chocolate. A lot of alcohol in the long finish. And people drink this?
~74p   (tasted 2016/10)


1998 Amarone Classico Costasera
This nose is all over the place with no balance and structure, just a mess of dried fruit, wood and sour tobacco.
The taste is very, very dry and fiery with old cherries marinated in grain alcohol and saw dust. Almost undrinkable.
~66p   (tasted 2016/10)

Musella
2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva
Finally! A producer whose both wines were excellent. The 09 has a large scaled, intense nose with notes of dried flowers, ripe cherries and herbs. A fine depth.
The taste is steady and concentrated with notes of ripe cherries, undergrowth, toasted almonds and herbs. Warm but balanced. Really good.
~90p   (tasted 2016/10)


2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva
The 06 is bigger and meatier than the 09 but manage to keep evrything in check, with notes of licorice, warm herbs and some barnyardy aromas.
The taste is big and brawny with some maturity and notes of sour/sweet cherries, asphalt and dark licorice. Very long and warm. I might drink an Amarone from Musella...
~88p   (tasted 2016/10)

Speri
2012 Amarone Classico della Valpolicella Vigneto Monte Sant´Urbano
Two producers in a row with good wines! The 12 Speri has a deep, rich nose with notes of ripe strawberries, dusty earth, herbs and fir wood. Very deep and fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of dried strawberries, Finnish licorice, herbs and some balsamic notes. Very fine. Long and lingering. Not a prune in sight!
~91p   (tasted 2016/10)


1997 Amarone Classico della Valpolicella Vigneto Monte Sant´Urbano
The older version has a deep, mature, dried up nose with notes of raspberries, earth, asphalt and some tobacco. Deep and fine.
The taste is round, velvety and warm with notes of dried red fruits, gravel, herbs and dried up balsamic vinegar. Very, very good.
~88p   (tasted 2016/10)

Tedeschi
2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Capitel Monte Olmi
Ok, we are back to the prune swamp again... A big, bloated nose with over sweet fruit, fried herbs and VA.
The taste is a tad better but almost port like in its extraction and sweetness. Some bitter tannins in the finish.
~72p   (tasted 2016/10)

2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Capitel Monte Olmi
The 5 year older version is a smidgen better but we are splitting hairs here, same MO but with some age. Definitely not up my alley.
~74p   (tasted 2016/10)

Tenuta Sant´Antonio
2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Campo dei Gigli
This is weird but actually really good. Smells of red, dried up botrytis! Has a fine warmth and nice cherry aromas.
The taste is young and potent with notes of ripe cherries, warm undergrowth and tobacco leaves. A long, warm finish. Good.
~86p   (tasted 2016/10)

2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Campo dei Gigli
From a magnum. Even better with a few years of age and from a magnum! The nose is deep, mature and rounded with notes of licorice covered cherries, herbs, asphalt and tobacco.
The taste is big and bold but keeps things together with a lovely ripe cherry fruit and additional notes of tobacco, wood smoke and licorice. Really good.
~90p   (tasted 2016/10)

Tommasi
2012 Amarone Classico
A big, brawny, all over the place nose with notes of prunes, licorice, mud and old tobacco.
The taste is big and concentrated with notes of cherry jam, wet tobacco and road dust. A long, hot finish.
~80p   (tasted 2016/10)


2008 Amarone Classico Riserva Ca´Florian
The 08 Riserva has a deep, war, spicy nose with notes of cooked cherries, prunes, VA and moist forest floor. Very warm but in a rather nice way.
The taste is heavy handed with lots of cherry and raspberry jam with additional notes of licorice, rotting flowers and VA. Very, very long and fiery.
~77p   (tasted 2016/10)

Torre d´Orti
2013 Amarone della Valpolicella
A young, fruity, open nose with notes of raspberries, clay, prunes and a hint of cognac. Good.
The taste is dark and dense with notes of Finnish licorice, moist earth and cherry jam. A long, warm finish. A tad top heavy but resonable good.
~84p   (tasted 2016/10)


2011 Amarone della Valpolicella
The two year older version is really good, with a deep, fine nose with notes of cherry liquor, forest floor, damsons and a hint of chocolate.
The taste is big and fruity but have structure and a broad shouldered finesse with dark fruit and fine earthy aromas. Really good.
~88p   (tasted 2016/10)

Venturini
2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campomasua
A large scaled nose with notes of overripe cherries, prunes, scorched earth and dark chocolate. Very sweet.
The taste is big, big and big with a portwine touch and lots of cooked cherries, figs and dusty earth. A fiery finish.
~78p   (tasted 2016/10)


2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva
A heavy, mature nose with dried cherries marinated in liquor, dark earth, VA and ink. Unbalanced.
The taste is very concentrated and fiery with overly sweet fruit combined with notes of melted asphalt, dry licorice and rotting flowers.
~76p   (tasted 2016/10)

Zenato
2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
A big, bloated nose with notes of cherry jam, prunes, sour tobacco and fried herbs. Rather foursquare.
The taste is very dry and fiery with dried fruits, dusty earth and a long, hot finish that ends with angular tannins.
~75p   (tasted 2016/10)


2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Why not save the worst for last? There are some rotten elements in this nose, but it is the fruit, the earth och has the liquor that it is made of gone bad, who knows (and who wanna know)?
The taste is horrid, with cooked underripe fruit which have compensated with liquor, granulated sugar and saw dust in a lovely mix... The finish is fiery and very unbalanced. Why oh why?
~63p   (tasted 2016/10)

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

2010 La Ricolma, San Giusto A Rentennano


Taking a break from the Rossese drinking here in Liguria (a full report over all tasted bottles will follow) I opened this bottle, found in a Enoteca in San Remo.

2010 La Ricolma, San Giusto A Rentennano
Over last years vacation I tasted the 06 La Ricolma and was blown away, so when I spotted this bottle on this years vacation I instantly grabbed it.
This is fours years younger and it shows. It needs age. The nose is large scaled and tight with notes of ripe plums, dark flowers, star anise, new leather and a fine perfumed aroma. Very deep and fine. Very ripe fruit.
The taste is steady and firm with sandy, intense, polished tannins that will take at least 5 years to fully integrate. Fine notes of dark cherries, warm tiles and dry licorice. Very long. Ever so slightly four squared in the finish at this moment (even with 4 hours decanting time) but I´m sure that this will turn into something great in 5+ years time.
93p   (tasted 2017/08)


Monday, 31 July 2017

2013 Barolo, Massolino


First day in Italy, in Sirmione, on the shorline of Lake Garda, a bottle of 2013 Barolo caught my eye in a small wine shop. Opened and enjoyed on our balcony.

Since trying out this bottle we have been in Liguria for one and a half week, and I have been drinking Vermentino and Rossese left and right - a report on those bottles, and a report from a visit to Tenuta Anfosso, will follow.

2013 Barolo, Massolino
This is another successful Normale from the 13 vintage. There is a lot of forest and mushrooms on the nose alongside scents of sweet violets, a light veal stock and dark cherries. A good depth and focus. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of sour/sweet cherries, violets, licorice and forest floor. A bit more restrained on the palate. Long. Needs 4-6 years, Will turn out fine.
90p   (tasted 2017/07)

Friday, 21 July 2017

2014 Il Nito, La Rifra

Found this in a Enoteca in Sirnione and he owner recommended it. With some Italian delicatessen it rather overpowered them, except for the stronger cheeses.

2014 Il Nito, La Rifra
This Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Marzemino blend shows of a deep, compact, sweet nose with notes of plums, blackberries, violets and scorched earth. Large scaled and dense. Very, very good.
The taste is bold and taut with lots of sweet black fruits, some oaky notes and additional notes of  sweet violets, rubber and dark chocolate. Very long, warm and rich. Definitely not for the 11% Trosseau drinking crowd. I like it.
89p   (tasted 2017/07)

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Summer Reading!

These books will accompany me on our vacation. What are you reading this summer?



Monday, 17 July 2017

Domenico Clerico - RIP

We all got the news today that one of the great Barolistas, Domenico Clerico, has passed away.
Sadly I have meet him only once, when we visited the estate some 8 years back. He just came by and greated us but he couldn´t stay since he had a toothache. Or at least that what we thought he said in some Piedmontese dialect. :-)

I have loved his wines for many years (some notes from previous bottles are below).
Tonight I open this youngster in honour of his memory. He will be missed.

2008 Barolo Pajana, Domenico Clerico
With a couple of hours breathing time this wine reveals lovely aromas of rosehips, sweet/sour cherries, red tea, hard cherry candy and a hint of mint. Very, very fine.
The taste is tight, taut and still young with the feeling of chewing on cherry pips, alongside notes of dry licorice, forest floor, dried roses and some flowers in the background. A very fine length with some finely polished tannins showing themselves in the end. Gorgeous now but will be even better with 6+ years in the cellar. Glad I have more.
93p   (tasted 2017/07)


1990 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra & Pajana
1996 Percristina
1996 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra & 1999 Percristina
1999 Pajana
1999 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra & Percristina
1996, 1998 & 2001 Pajana & 2001 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra
2004 Pajana
2010 Ciabot Mentin

Saturday, 15 July 2017

A Mini Vertical Of Barolo Rocche Di Gastiglione, Giovanni Sordo

Bought these bottles recently and thought I should have a go at them to see if I wanted to order more.

Rocche di Castiglione lies both in Castiglione Falletto (88%) and in Monforte (12%). The vineyard is 16,33 ha in overall surface but only 51% is under vines.
According to Alessandro Masnaghetti, Rocche di Castiglione is "one of the most prestigious (cru´s) of the entire Barolo appellation" and even though that there are shifts in the soil composition the wines from here "share a common style based on finesse and fragrance".

Info about Giovanni Sordo here.
I have only tasted two wines from Sordo before, the 64 and 78, and especially the 78 was a great bottle of wine.
These were tasted over the course of three days.


2008 Barolo Riserva Rocche di Castiglione, Giovanni Sordo
The 08 Riserva is a ultra traditional wine, with a sturdy, sometimes grumpy character, but when you get beneath the grumpiness, there is pleasure to be had.
The nose is deep and restrained with notes of cranberries, undergrowth, rosehips, diesel oil, ski wax and old leather - there is lots going on here. And its stays pretty much the same from day to day.
The taste is taut and dry with notes of hard lingonberry candy (if there is such a thing...), roses, dry herbs, minerals and old coffee grounds. The tannins gives a good grip and support. Ends dry and fine. Very, very good in a traditional way. Will probably go on for 20+ years.
91p   (tasted 2017/07)

2010 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione, Giovanni Sordo
A deep, refined, old school nose with notes of dried cherries, paint, roses en masse and a hint of hot asphalt. Very fine. Evolves at a snails pace over the three days.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of dried strawberries, herbs, roses, mushrooms and dry licorice. The finish is over a minute long and displays some broad shouldered tannins. This will keep for ages, give it at least 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2017/07)

2013 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione, Giovanni Sordo
The 2013 has a high, pure, deceptively light nose with notes of rosehips, sweet lingonberries, gravel and dried flowers. Energetic and fine, just in line with the vintage. Day two lots of dried wild strawberries emerge. Very, very good.
The taste is dry and balanced with notes of lingonberries, forest floor, rosehips and a hint of dry tobacco. A high, pure acidity. Very promising. Behaved principally the same over the course of three days.
91p   (tasted 2017/07)

Friday, 14 July 2017

Three Bottles Of Riesling

These were tasted during Midsummer.

1998 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese, Dönnhoff
A finely matured nose with notes of candied lemons, sun warm rocks, petrol and a hint of shellfish stock. Very, very good.
The taste is mature and fine with notes of dry lemon fudge, earth, rubber and minerals. A long finish that ends almost completely dry.
90p   (tasted 2017/06)



2015 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, Willi Schaefer
A young, fresh, perky nose with notes of grey pears, grass, elderberries and lots of chrushed rocks. Pure, inviting and salivating. Really fine.
The taste is pure like a mountain river with gorgeous notes of ginger, grey pears, lime and some salty notes. Very fine. A great acidity. Long and lingering. Will have a long life ahead of itself if I can keep my hands from the remaining bottles...
93p   (tasted 2017/06)

2007 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Auslese, Robert Weil
From a half bottle. The nose is velvety, rich and semi sweet with notes of pine apple, birch sap, spunge cake and sweet minerals. Very deep and fine.
The taste is big and concentrated with lots of pine apple, ripe blood grape and sugared yellow apples. There also notes of cap gun smoke and pickled ginger. Complex and fine. A long finish that ends semi dry. Lovely.
93p   (tasted 2017/06)



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The 1th Of July - Madeira Day - NV Madeira Demi-Sec Camara De Lobos, A. Deleyto

On the 1th of July "Dia da Madeira" - Madeira day - is celebrated. Why not open a bottle?

NV Madeira Demi-Sec Camara de Lobos, A. Deleyto
Opened and decanted two days prior to tasting. The nose is a bit subdued with notes of toasted almonds, band aid, dried figs, autumn leaves and some dry nougat. Some dried up sweetness. Not that deep. Good though.
The taste is medium bodied with assorted dried fruits alongside notes of fried nuts, gasoline, rubber and moist earth. A good acidity but the stuffing isn´t really up to par. Has kept the same over the course of a week.
83p   (tasted 2017/07)


Monday, 10 July 2017

The Barolo Boys In Piedmont - A Sunny Sunday In Nebbiolo Land




Sunday - a day for reflection, taking it easy and philosophize over the meaning of life.

Not for The Barolo Boys! More wines to be tasted and drunk, more wine growers to visit and more impression to savour, this last full day in Piedmont.

First we head to Luigi Pira and meet up with Gianpaolo, tasting the 13 Baroli and started to convince him to bottle the 14´s, more on that below.

Disclaimer - the importer of Marengo and Luigi Pira to Sweden (Origo Wines) are friends of mine and co founders of The illustrious Barolo Boys. I, however, have no financial interests in these wines, I just call them as I see them.

Luigi Pira
2016 Dolcetto d´Alba
The Dolcetto is a charmer with a young, perky nose full of ripe lingonberries, some blueberries, undergrowth and gravel. Salivating. Very fine.
The taste is upfront and juicy with notes of violets, sweet lingonberries and warm bricks. Energetic and racy. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)




2015 Barbera d´Alba
A warm, fruity nose with notes of Maraschino cherries, violets, asphalt and smoke. Deep and very fine.
The taste is seedy and tight with notes of dark raspberries, smoke, asphalt and a touch of tobacco. Very long and warm. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)

2015 Langhe Nebbiolo
A spicy, tight nose with notes of red cherries, rose petals, earth and perfume. Somewhat restrained. Very good.
The taste is taut and cool with notes of ripe red cherries, gravel, rosehips and mushrooms. A long, fine finish.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Serralunga
Yet another great Normale from 2013. The nose is pure and vigorous with notes of sweet/sour cherries, warm sand, ski wax and dried strawberries. Handsome and fine.
The taste is young and tight with notes of fresh cherries, gravel, rosehips and licorice. A long, intense finish. Very, very good.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Margheria
The Margheria is a beauty! The nose is pure and concentrated with notes of ripe cherries, dried strawberries, smoke and licorice. Very deep and refined.
The taste is taut and focused with notes of ripe black cherries, licorice, dried flowers and smoke. A very long, balanced finish. Really fine.
94p   (tasted 2017/05)


2013 Barolo Marenca
The Marenca is even better with a brilliant, dark, pure nose with notes of dark raspberries, leather, licorice and forest floor. A deep, beautifully perfumed scent. Just lovely.
The taste is structured yet creamy in a way with gorgeous dark fruit, silky tannins and a finish that goes on for over a minute. Great wine.
95p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Vigna Rionda
What can I say but the best of the lot! The nose is hauntingly deep and complex with stunning notes of violets, strawberries, dark licorice, gravel and rosemary. An impressive depth.
The taste is deep, concentrated and multi layered with notes of sweet/sour cherries, raspberry licorice, earth, violets and dried flowers. Power and elegance in a great package. Just stunning!
97p   (tasted 2017/05)

The view from Luigi Pira´s tasting room

Then the fun really began! Gianpaolo had said the day before at dinner that he probably wouldn´t bottle the single vineyards in 2014 and instead just do a Normale with a blend from them.

No, no, we said - not before we get a chance to taste them! Then we decide for you!

We got four glasses poured blind, knowing that they were cask samples of the 2014´s, the Serralunga and the three cru´s, but we were not told the order - that we had to figure out.

2014 Barolo ?
Ok then, the first glass. A cool, spicy, fresh nose with notes of ripe lingonberries, herbs, licorice and a fine perfumed scent. Very, very good.
The taste is linear and fine with notes of hard cherry candy, licorice, gravel and lots of silky tannins. Long and lingering. Really good. This has to be bottled! What it is? I´m guessing Margheria and lo and behold, it is! I am of to a good start! (which ended fast...). Again, this must be bottled!
93p   (tasted 2017/05

2014 Barolo ?
The next glass offers up a warm, smoky nose with notes of dark cherries, leather, warm rocks and rosehips. Somewhat sturdy at this point.
The taste is taut and structured with broad shouldered tannins and dark cherry fruit alongside notes of leather, raspberry licorice and gravel. The most backward of the samples and I guess Vigna Rionda. But no, it is Marenca. A very good wine, but a bit ungainly at the moment.
89p   (tasted 2017/05)




2014 Barolo ?
The third glass has deep, enticing aromas of red and black cherries, leather, rosehips and a balsamic fine note. Very, very good.
The taste is low keyed but very good with notes of raspberry licorice, earth, quinine and dried roses. A medium long finish with sappy tannins. I´m guessing the Serralunga on this but it is in fact the Vigna Rionda. Oops...
91p   (tasted 2017/05)

2014 Barolo ?
The last glass is alongside the first the best one. The nose is refined and perfumed with notes of black cherries, tobacco, rich soil and rosehips. Very deep and fine.
The taste is young, earthy and broad with notes of ripe black cherries, violets, tobacco and a hint of dark chocolate. Very long and fine with energetic tannins. This has to be the Vigna Rionda?! But as you have figured out by now, it is the Serralunga... Again, this must be bottled as it is! I will buy! A lot!
93p   (tasted 2017/05)

2014 Barolo "The Blend"
After this interesting tasting we were presented with a fifth glass - a blend of the cru´s and the Serralunga. This is what Gianpaola is thinking of bottling if we haven´t changed his mind...
And this is good, mind you. The nose is deep and focused with perfumed cherry fruit and notes of smoke, roses, violets and a hint of tobacco. Very, very good.
The taste is firm and concentrated with notes of harc cherry candy, licorice, forest floor and rosehips. A long, tight finish with ripe tannins. This is a very good blend, maybe Gianpoalo is on to something...
92p   (tasted 2017/05)


Back at Centro Storico - what to choose...?
After the Pira visit we headed to our luncheon hang out - Centro Storico!

2015 Langhe Nebbiolo
We didn´t get to taste the Langhe Nebbiolo when we visited Fabio, so we thought we would try it out now. The nose is high, spicy and fresh with notes of strawberries, iron, earth and roses. Very fine.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of red cherries, earth, dried strawberries and a lightly smoky note. A very fine acidity. Very fine.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)




After a usual good time with Alessio we headed to Ceretto where Selena meet up with us, showed us the cellar and then let us have a really good time in her company and with the fantastic wines of Ceretto. The tasting rooms are amazing with glass walls overlooking vineyards as long as you can see.

Selena 


2016 Monsordo Bianco
This Riesling sports a cool, fresh nose with notes of pear, wild flowers, melon and spices. Very good.
The taste is dry and cool with notes of dry peaches, pear and spices. A fine acidity. This is fine.
88p   (tasted 2017/05)



2014 Barbaresco Bernadot
A finely tuned nose full of ripe red cherries and additional notes of dark flowers, gravel, raspberry candy and moist earth. A fine spiciness. Very, very good.
The taste is seedy and tight with notes of juicy cherry fruit, sand, rosehips and earth. Long and fine.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)

2014 Barbaresco Asili
The Asili is a stunner, with a deep, flowery nose with notes of warm tiles, cherries, gravel and a hint of tobacco. Very deep and fine.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of ripe cherries, warm sand, spices and tar. A very long, juicy finish with a fine mix of tannins and acidity.
93p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Brunate
A large scaled, deep nose with notes of spicy cherries, licorice, violets and a touch of mint. Some oak as well, playing a supporting role. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and complex with notes of mushrooms, raspberry licorice, violets and smoke. A long, lingering finish. Will turn out really fine with 5+ years in the cellar.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Prapo
The Prapo sports a deep, creamy nose with notes of ripe cherries, leather, earth and tobacco. Very deep and refined.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of ripe cherries, forest floor, tobacco and mushrooms. Juicy tannins. Very long and really fine.
94p   (tasted 2017/05)



2013 Barolo Bricco Rocche
A very deep, tight and refined nose with notes of paint, ripe red cherries, smoke, warm sand and tobacco leaves. Really lovely.
The taste is young, tight and structured with finely polished tannins and notes of ripe cherries, dried strawberries, licorice and tobacco. The finish goes on for minutes. Impressive!
96p   (tasted 2017/05)

2011 Barolo Brunate
Selena asked if we wanted to taste more? Oh yes, we modestly answered...
First out, the 11 Brunate, and this is absolutely stunning. The nose is deep, rounded and multi layered with notes of  a moist forest floor, fir, dried cherries, ceps and a hint of tooth paste. Very deep and fine.
The taste is refined and succulent with notes of sweet/sour cherries, undergrowth, mushrooms and fir wood. A long, long finish with sappy tannins. Still on the young side of things but I would drink it any day of the week.
95p   (tasted 2017/05)



2005 Barolo Bricco Rocche
Another Bricco Rocche? Yes, please! The 05 has a deep, tarry nose with notes of dried red plums, rosehips, earth and leather. Multi layered and very fine.
The taste is rich and sturdy with notes of dried black cherries, orange peel, warm sand and rosehips. The finish goes on for over a minute. Maturing, but needs some more years in the cellar.
93p   (tasted 2017/05)

2003 Barbaresco Bricco Asili
A big, warm nose with notes of sweet cherries, prunes, mushrooms and ripe flowers. A bit warm on the nose, in line with the vintage.
The taste is tighter but a tad linear with notes of dried cherries, rosehips, undergrowth and old leather. A long, warm finish. Very good but will not get any better.
88p   (tasted 2017/05)



Last dinner in Langhe and where to go but too La Coccinella!

NV Blanc de Blancs, Legras
A bottle of bubbly to start with. The nose is steely and fresh with notes of grass, peaches, white pepper and a hint of coffee powder. Very, very good.
The taste is juicy and racy with notes of lemon peel, cap gun smoke, dried flowers and grass. Elegant and fine. A very fine acidity. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)


2010 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, Domenico Clerico
A large scaled, concentrated nose with notes of sweet cherries, tobacco, violets and moist undergrowth. Multi layered and luscious. Stunning.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of chocolate covered cherries, asphalt, dark flowers and tobacco. Very long and concentrated. Just lovely.
95p   (tasted 2017/05)



2011 Barolo Brunate, Giuseppe Rinaldi
The Rinaldi is laid back and cool with fine notes of ripening red cherries, licorice, dried flowers and roses. High and fine.
The taste is refined and a tad withdrawn with notes of dried cherries, tobacco, earth and a hint of band aid. Very, very good.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

So ends the Sunday. Only a few hours left in Barolo land. As soon as I am on the plane I know I will yearn to go back...