Friday 28 October 2022

A Couple Of Days in Piedmont - Visit To Alessandria Crissanti & Marco Curto

The "Cedro di Libano", planted in 1856

Alessandria Crissante
Alberto runs this family estate with his brother and produce aroung 35.000 bottles per year from 6 ha. There were some interesting things going on in the cellar, a test run of Pinot Nero and even a secret project that Alberto refused to reveal :-) 

2021 Dolcetto d´Alba Pian Delle Mache
A fine, fresh nose with notes of blueberries, red currants, herbs and a hint of assorted pepper. Very , very good.
The taste is pure and fine with perky tannins and a lovely blueberry fruit. A great drinkability.
88p   (tasted 2022/09)

2018 Barbera d´Asti Superiore Rugé
Alberto only makes 2000 bottles of this beauty. From 70 year old vines this has a large scaled, forward nose with notes of ripe wild raspberries, bakelite, sugared coffee and fried herbs. Very deep and fine.
The taste is ripe and concentrated with gorgeous raspberry fruit alongside a refreshing acidity and a long, long, structured finish. Very fine. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2022/09)

2019 Barolo del Commune La Morra
A fine, soft nose with notes of hard cherry candy, Christmas spices, dry licorice and candle grease. Very, very good.
The taste is fine and balanced with a light cherry fruit, notes of dry licorice and earth. A fine length. 4+ years.
90p   (tasted 2022/09)

2018 Barolo Capalot
A deep, dark nose with notes of ripe black cherries, Finnish licorice, rosehips and a hint of menthol. Very fine.
The taste is nicely concentrated with notes of ripe sweet/sour cherries, forest floor, licorice and asphalt. Very pure. Lovely. 8+ years.
94p   (tasted 2022/09)

2017 Barolo Galina
A high-strung, tight, broad nose with lots of ripe fruit, mostly raspberries but also cherries and some wild strawberries. Very, very deep. Impressive. 
The taste is brilliant with tons of ripe fruit, sturdy tannins and a finish that never ends. Great wine. 10+ years. 
95p   (tasted 2022/09)

Marco Curto
Nadia Curto made her first own vintage in 1997 when she took over from her father. The estate is 4 ha big and Nadia makes 25-30.000 bottles per year. Nadia makes two Baroli - the la Foia is all traditional with big botti whilst the Arborina has a more modern touch with aging in barriques - both great wines.

NV L´Informale Vino Rosso
This is a blend of 50% Nebbiolo and 50% Dolcetto. The vintage is 2021 although it doesn´t say that on the label. The nose is ligth and nicely perfumed with notes of ripe lingonberries, gravel and violets.
The taste is charming and light with fine red fruit, a nice acidity and a medium long finish.
87p   (tasted 2022/09)

2020 Dolcetto d´Alba
This Dolcetto comes from Gattera and offers up a sandy, inky nose with notes of cool blueberries and ripening plums. 
The taste is fine and sandy with note of plums, blueberries and gravel. Fine tannins. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2022/09)

2020 Langhe Freisa
This comes from the top of the Arborina hill. The nose is spicy and a tad foursquare with notes of grass, incense and burnt rubber.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of dried grass, rust and a mix of red and black fruit. Not that charming (as I usually finds Freisa).
85p   (tasted 2022/09)

2020 Langhe Nebbiolo
An open, fruity nose with notes of rosehips, red cherries, gravel and mushrooms. A fine herbal note.
The taste is young and forward with sily tannins, juciy cherry fruit and a good structure for medium aging. Very fine. 4+ years.
91p   (tasted 2022/09)

2018 Barolo la Foia
I got the opportunity to taste two bottles of the -18 la Foia, one that had been opened two days before and a freshly opened bottle. Nadia summarized: "smell the first one and drink the second wine". I agreed. The bottle that had been opened earlier had a deep, sweeet, fine nose with fine cherry fruit and notes of licorice and roses. The freshly opened was more closed and seedy.
On the palate the freshly opened bottle showed a perky fruit with a fine intensity and lovely cherry fruit. The other bottle was not tired per se but the fruit was a bit laid back and it didn´t show the same intensity. The first score is for the already opened bottle and the second for the freshly opened one.
91p/92p   (tasted 2022/09)

2018 Barolo Arborina
The -18 Arborina is a beauty. The nose is deep and focused with notes of hard cherry candy, red plums, dark incense, rosehips and a hint of smoke. Very fine.
The taste is pure, tight and concentrated with notes of mushrooms, hard cherry candy, dry licorice and leather. Very, very long. Very handsome. Great wine. 8+ years.
95p   (tasted 2022/09)

2015 Barolo Riserva la Foia
3 years in wood and 3 years in stainless steel before bottling. What a wine! The nose is large scaled and open for business with stunning notes of cooked cherries, Finnish licorice, Christmas spices, a moist forest floor and tobacco. Lovely.
The taste is old school with rugged tannins, cooked fruit, concentration, a fine balance and a long, long, lingering finish. As I wrote in my notebook - Barolo at its best. 6+ years.
96p   (tasted 2022/09)

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