Thursday 4 January 2018

Barolo At Pappa Grappa, Linköping

A couple of weeks ago me and C were in Linköping for the weekend. One night we ate at Pappa Grappa, a mostly Italian inspired restaurant (we have also been to its sister restaurant in Norrköping - both highly recommended).

While checking the wine list (while C inspects the menu...) I had a glass of Louis Roederer Brut, fine as always.

Before choosing what to eat I always choose the wine I will drink - the right order of things, right?! I opted for the 2012 Monvigliero from Scavino and a side glass of 13 Normale from Massolino. When ordered it may have been noticed my keen interest of the wines from Piedmont, so when the wines were served I was poured an additional glass of 2013 Serralunga from Fontanafredda - talk about service, hospitality and class!

For starter I had ravioli filled with slow cooked oxtail, consommé and marrow - delicious!

2013 Barolo Serralunga, Fontanafredda
Tasted a couple of months ago and when served from a magnum as in this case it appeared a bit denser with sweeter fruit and tighter structure. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2017/12)

2012 Barolo Monvigliero, Paolo Scavino
The Monvigliero shows of a deep, warm nose with notes of ripe cherries, rosehips, tobacco, fried mushrooms and asphalt. Rather big on the nose but it keeps it together beautifully.
The taste is rich, warm and concentrated with notes of hard cherry candy, tobacco, dried flowers, gravel and violets. Very long and focused. For drinking now and the coming 10 years. A great mouthful of Nebbiolo.
93p   (tasted 2017/12)

My main course - flanksteak with fried parsley and grated duck liver - yummy!

2013 Barolo, Massolino
Tasted five months ago, this Normale seems to have closed up a bit, it took some serious swirling to get some fruit out of the glass. Ripe and tight on the palate with a good balance. Wait 5+ years.
89p   (tasted 2017/12)

1 comment:

  1. My opinion ...the Massolino Barolo Serralunga...never been a wow...just ok.
    I rather buy the Fontanafredda Barolo....which for almost half of the Massolino an excellent value.
    The name of the restaurant ..could have been better...