Saturday 24 March 2012

Right here, Right now - 2001 & 2004 Barolo Bricco Fiasco, Azelia

I have just pulled the corks out of these bottles, poured some centiliters in Riedel Vinum Extreme Pinot glasses and the rest of the wines in decanters. This is my first expressions:

2001 Barolo Bricco Fiasco, Azelia
What a wonderful, finely tuned, ethereal nose that oozes out of the glass with notes of sweet red cherries, autumn leaves, milk chocolate and hard cherry candy. Hints of licorice, dried mushrooms and dried flowers. Very, very fine.
The taste is slender and soft when it enters the mouth but soon the tannins and acidity has taken a firm grip. Notes of red currants, lingonberries and red cherries. A very nice mouthfeel, albeit young and unevolved. The same note of hard cherry candy as on the nose. A stuningly beautiful taste. This will be fun following. For now this is the 93-95p range.

2004 Barolo Bricco Fiasco, Azelia
The younger sibling is deeper, darker and sweeter out of the gate. Notes of black cherries, wet earth, dark chocolate and a touch of beef broth dominate the nose. The sweetness is stunning. A touch of tar and fresh mushrooms. Very, very deep.
The taste is bigger and sweeter than the 01, with lovely notes of chocolate covered red cherries, licorice and undergrowth. A very long finish where the tannins appear in the end. Very intense. A beautiful mouthfull of wine! This is in the 92-94p range.

I will follow these beauties throughout the afternoon and evening and will report back as I go along.

Update: Two hours later the 2001 has fatten up, the fruit is more voluptuous and bigger, with some fresh stables notes. Very fine. The 2004 hasn´t changed that much, but the sweetness of the fruit in this one is amazing. Two beautiful wines.

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