Friday 11 December 2020

Birthday Wines - Part One - 2004 & 2010 Barolo Bricco Luciani, Silvio Grasso

Yesterday was my official birthday. What to drink on a Thursday? Barolo of course!

Bricco Luciani is a 16,09 ha big MGA in La Morra. Only three producers bottles a Barolo from this vineyard - Silvio Grasso (which I visited two years ago), Mauro Molino and Cascina del Monastero (both estated visited on the same day last year)

2004 Barolo Bricco Luciani, Silvio Grasso
After two hours in a decanter this 16 year old Baloro offers up a deep, balsamic mnose with notes of undergrowth, dried strawberries, rosehips and violets. A fine, dark perfumed aroma. Moist forest floor. Some maturity. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of hard cherry candy, rosehips, asphalt and dry chocolate. Long and fine. Still some perky tannins. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/12)

2010 Barolo Bricco Luciani, Silvio Grasso
A very deep, tight, multi layered nose with notes of ripe cherries, tar, ginger bread, polished mahogany and mushrooms. Very complex, very young and very fine. 
The taste is seedy, polished and laid back with notes of pure cherry fruit, pomegranate, tar, dark flowers and salt licorice. Taut tannins, for those into this, I guess they are perfect. Wait at least 10 years. But what a wine! A very generous gift from Paolo Grasso.
94p   (tasted 2020/12)

Tonight we are having a small family dinner and of course there will some bottles from The Greatest Vintage Ever! :-) Notes to follow.

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