Friday 21 October 2022

A Couple Of Days In Piedmont - Visit To San Biagio

San Biagio
This is a family business with Tiziana, her brother and their father. They make a lot of different wines from their 18 ha, producing around 65.000 bottles per year. Tiziana was a gracious host and opened the entire range of wines, and then some, making this a wonderful visit indeed.

2020 Langhe Chardonnay Ad Maiora
A fine, fresh Chardonnay with nice yellow fruit and some gravelly notes.
The taste is racy and fine with notes of ripe lemons, gravel and grass. A fine acidity. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2022/09)

NV Vino Rosato Ad Majora
A fine, spicy nose with notes of wild strawberries, herbs and earth. A fine low key sweetness to the fruit.
The taste is earthy and finely structured with notes of raspberries, gravel and herbs. Very, very good. 100% Nebbiolo.
88p   (tasted 2022/09)

2021 Pelaverga
A typical Pelaverga nose with notes of incense, white pepper and assorted red fruits. Interesting enough, this Pelaverga doesn´t come from Verduno but is grown in the MGA Capalot.
The taste is spicy and earthy with a notes of white pepper, herbs and a hint of tobacco. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2022/09)

2021 Dolcetto d´Alba
A young, upfront nose with notes of ripening blueberries, cherries and violets. Fresh.
The taste is crips and juicy with an earthy, cranberry touch and a fine, bitter tannins. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2022/09)

2019 Barbera d´Alba Superiore Ad Majora
An open, fruity nose with notes of ripe raspberries, licorice and fried herbs. 
The taste is fat and spicy with notes of raspberry licorice, dusty earth and sweet tobacco. A fine warmth.
89p   (tasted 2022/09)

Tiziana showing me the San Biagio MGA

2019 Barbera d´Alba Superiore
A big, concentrated nose with notes of ripe raspberries, moist earth, violets and fresh herbs. Very fine.
The taste is tight and focused with lovely fruit, a very fine acidity and a long, juciy finish. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2022/09)

2020 Langhe Nebbiolo Ad Maiore
A classic, low keyed Nebbiolo with notes of cherries, forest floor, rosehips and licorice. Very, very good.
The taste is cool and classic with silky tannins and a very nice cherry fruit. 3+ years.
87p   (tasted 2022/09)

2018 Langhe Nebbiolo
The -18 LB is another creature with more depth, a sweeter cherry fruit and fine notes of roses and asphalt. Very fine.
The taste is tight and nicely concentrated with notes of tobacco, ripe cherries, rosehips and leather. Long. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2022/09)

2018 Barbaresco Montersino
A very fine, flowery, delicate nose with notes of wild strawberries, herbs, roses and fresh mushrooms. Lovely.
The taste is refined and silky with finely polished tannins, a gorgeous cherry/strawberry fruit and a long, elegant finish. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2022/09)

2017 Barolo del Commune di La Morra
An open, fruity nose with notes of earth, mushrooms, dried cherries and licorice. Very, very good.
The taste is fresh and lightly focused with notes of red cherries, gravel, rosehips and mushrooms. 3+ years.
88p   (tasted 2022/09)

2017 Barolo  Bricco San Biagio
This is a beauty, with a deep, aromatic nose with notes of wild strawberries, roses, rosehips, dry licorice and a hint of tobacco. Very handsome.
The taste is refined and balanced with notes of red apples, dried strawberries, tobacco and dried flowers. A long, lingering finish. Silky tannins. Great wine. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2022/09)

2017 Barolo Capalot
A very fine, dark, earthy nose with notes of wild raspberries, tobacco, leather and a ever so slight hint of mint. Very fine.
The taste is expressive and structured with lots of red/black fruits, forest floor, asphalt and rosehips. Very, very long. 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2022/09)

2016 Barolo Rocchettevino
A deep, multi layered nose with notes of sweet/sour cherries, paint, dried flowers and asphalt. Some balsamic notes. Very fine.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of hard cherry candy, asphalt, rosehips, dry licorice and paint. A very fine structure for aging. Great. 8+ years. 
94p   (tasted 2022/09)

2018 Barolo Galina
The -18 Galina is a masterpiece. The nose is deep and succulent with notes of dry licorice, perfect ripe red cherries, asphalt, paint and roses en masse. Just awesome.
The taste delivers all that the nose promises with pure, silky, hedonistic fruit, perfect tannins and a finish that goes on and on. Will get even better with 8+ years in the cellar. Stunning.
96p   (tasted 2022/09)

2016 Barolo Sorano
A brilliant, deep, forward nose with notes of leather, dark cherries, chrushed rocks, herbs and violets. Tight and very fine.
The taste is taut and concentrated with stern, dark fruit, broad shouldered tannins and a long, long, tight finish. This will need a lot of time in the cellar, 10+ years. Great wine.
95p   (tasted 2022/09)

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