Saturday, 10 November 2018

Friday Dinner Baroli - 2010 Barolo, Elio Altare & 2010 Barolo Perno, Elio Sandri

What to drink with juicy burgers, cheddar cheese, owen baked tomatoes, truffle sauce & home made fries a la Heston Blumenthal...?

Barolo of course!

2010 Barolo, Elio Altare
The Altare grows in the glass all evening long. It starts of quite floral and red berry fruity and puts on weight as the evening progress, with lovely notes of pine wood, tar, cinnamon, Christmas lacquer and rosehips. Very fine.
The taste is structured and still young, with polished tannins and notes of red cherries, damsons, sandelwood, violets and dried herbs. A long, finely tuned finish. I would wait 5+ years before opening another bottle.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)

2010 Barolo Perno, Elio Sandri
The Monforte wine from Elio Sandri is a more broad shouldered creature with a deep, intense nose with notes of black cherries, paint, incense, hard cherry candy and asphalt. Doesn´t evolve as much in the glass as the Altare. A laid back framework. Very fine.
The taste is taut and structured with notes of bakelite, dried cherries, trumpet mushrooms and a hint of dry tobacco. This has more texture and backbone than the Altare but maybe a tad less charm. I will let my remaining bottles rest for 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)

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