Today start our vacation - four weeks of sun (hopefully...), fun and wine (that is a certain!). Lets commence with a bubbly and a Nebbiolo.
2006 Gentilhomme, AR Lenoble
Last time tasted three years ago, and this bottle has matured some. The nose is salty and refined with notes of fennel, cap gun smoke. wet asphalt and grass. Very deep and fine.
The taste is fresh and racy with notes of chalk, cold butter, biscuits and a hint of ginger. Long, cool and elegant. A very good acidity. Some mature notes but this could be cellared for 6+ years.
93p (tasted 2019/07)
2008 Barbaresco Montersino, Orlando Abrigo
This fine Barbaresco displays a round, somewhat mature nose with notes of dried rasoberries, forest floor, violets, mushrooms and sand. A very fine laid back warmth. Very, very good.
The taste is dry and sandy with notes of dried raspberries, violets, cranberries and sandel wood. Lots of minerals in the finish. Dry and fine. Perfect for drinking now and the coming 5+ years.
91p (tasted 2019/07)