Wednesday 5 October 2022

A Couple Of Days In Piedmont - Visit To Giacomo Fenocchio & Giacomo Anselma

Giacomo Fenocchio
A friend of mine was convinced that I had already visited this estate with him, but again, this is what alcohol does to you... My first visit and a very nice one. Roberto took great care of me during my visit.

2021 Arneis
A crisp, light nose with notes of lemon candy and tangerines.
The taste is pure and tight with the trade marks of white pepper, red currants and gravel. Very good.
86p   (tasted 2022/09)

2021 Langhe Rosé
100% Nebbiolo. A cool, spicy nose with notes of lingonberries, tangerines and a fine flowery notes.
The taste is young and seedy with notes of red apples, tangerines and chrushed rocks. Very, very good. Hints of Nebbiolo tannins in the finish.
87p   (tasted 2022/09)

2019 Anima Arancio
This is the same wine as the Arneis above but the treatment in the cellar is different with a month of maceration instead of a day for the Arneis. The nose is big and complex with notes of dried apricots, hot gravel and red apples.
The taste is tight and dry with a high acidity, lots of dried red fruits and a ling, dry finish. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2022/09)

2021 Dolcetto d´Alba
A upfront, juicy Dolcetto with notes of a mix of raspberries and blueberries mixed with earth, iron and bakelite.
The taste is fresh and straight to the point with good fruit, tannins and very good, dry finish.
87p   (tasted 2022/09)

2020 Barbera Superiore
A laid back, dark nose with notes of dried raspberries, licorice and wet asphalt. Very, very good.
The taste is upfront and fruity with a fine warmth, a very good acidity and a long, ripe finish.
88p   (tasted 2022/09)

2020 Langhe Nebbiolo
A very elegant, fine nose with notes of earth, dried mushrooms, red cherries and rosehips. Very, very good.
The taste is silky and fresh with juicy tannins and a very good cherry fruit. Long and fine. 4+ years.
90p   (tasted 2022/09)

2019 Barolo Cannubi
Then Roberto asked if I would like to taste some Baroli from barrels. Does the the pope have a funny hat?!
The 19 Cannubi oozes elegance and purity with a really fine concentration and length.
~94p   (tasted 2022/09)

2020 Barolo Cannubi
The one year younger Cannubi is at this stage more backward on the nose but displays the same focus and concentration on the palate.
~93p   (tasted 2022/09)

2019 Barolo Castellero
Tight, cool and very deep on the nose and the taste is handsome, refined and racy.
~93p   (tasted 2022/09)

2019 Barolo Villero
Oooh boy, what a wine. This is already brilliant and is going to have a great future ahead of it.
~96p   (tasted 2022/09)

2019 Barolo Bussia
Bigger and bolder with massive fruit ans structure, this is one for aging long before doing the deed.
~95p   (tasted 2022/09)

2018 Barolo Bussia 90 Di
Just breathtakingly beautiful, everything in place and perfection in the making, just give this beauty 10+ years.
~97p   (tasted 2022/09)

Ciacomo Anselma
A small producer that makes around 30.000 bottles per year. Maria took great care of me and talked about the wines and the history of the family.

2020 Dolcetto d´Alba
I thought that both the Dolcetto and the Barbera were a bit too rustic for my taste. The nose on the Dolcetto is earthy and farmyardy with some dried old red fruit.
The taste is tight and dry in the middle with rustic tannins and dried fruit.
80p   (tasted 2022/09)

2020 Barbera d´Alba
The nose is big and warm with cooked red fruit, moist earth and dry spices. 
The taste is big and brawny with notes of burnt bread, cooked red fruit and old wood.
78p   (tasted 2022/09)

2013 Barolo Riserva Collaretta
But the two Baroli were stellar. The Collaretta shows of a nicely concentrated nose with note of dried cherries, undergrowth, tobacco, iron and hints of dog fur (in a positive sense). Deep and fine.
The taste is taut and dry in an old school way with stern tannins, dried red fruits, rosehips and asphalt. Long. Has spent 5 years in 42 hl Slovenian oak. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2022/09)

2013 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda
This gorgeous creature has spent 8 years in wood before bottling. The result is stunning. The nose is very deep with notes of hard cherry candy, dry tobacco, dried strawberries and a very fine balsamic note. Just lovely.
The taste is structured and refined with a very fine balance between fruit, tannins and acidity. Very, very long. Impressive, one for the ages.
95p   (tasted 2022/09)

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