Tuesday 2 January 2018

1997 & 2004 Barbaresco Vigna Rongallo, Orlando Abrigo

Only produced in the best vintages, the grapes come from the MGA Merruzano, a 155,98 ha large vineyard which is planted with only 18% Nebbiolo.
Nowadays this wine is called Rongalio, why I don´t know or why it was called Rongallo in the past, when it came from Merruzano?

1997 Barbaresco Vigna Rongallo, Orlando Abrigo
A mature, round nose with notes of canned mushrooms, damp earth, violets and veal stock. A fine maurity and a nice dried up warmth. Some fir wood with air.
The taste is dry and mature with notes of dried red cherries, asphalt, bakelite and violets. A medium long, dry finish. Very good with food but a tad too dry on its own.
87p   (tasted 2018/01)

2004 Barbaresco Vigna Rongallo, Orlando Abrigo
The 04 has a gorgeous, refined nose with notes of hard cherry candy, rosehips, cool tobacco aromas and forest floor. This is really good. Light but very fragrant. Lovely.
The taste is light and high yet focused and concentrated with notes of dried flowers, hard cherry candy, forest floor and chrushed rocks. Perfectly polished tannins. Entering maturity but there is no hurry drinking this gem. Great stuff.
93p   (tasted 2018/01)

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