A rush of sweet red cherry, tobacco, mint, dried flowers and cedar hits the palate as this racy, deep, beautifully proportioned Nebbiolo shows off its considerable allure. Readers will have a hard time finding a wine from any region that delivers this much pleasure and character for the money. $25.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — 5 days ago
Nose has ripe cherry, over-ripe strawberry, stack of new encyclopediae, dry autumn leaves and muddy mint plant.
Palate has spring cherries, (faint) peppermint leaf, old leather, charred San Marzano tomato, barrel notes (not oak) with medium tannins. Not giving up too much on the palate with 2+ hours decanting.
Needs much more air tonight, or years; we have another bottle and it can likely rest for about a decade (2028+). — 3 days ago
@delectable this is the XVI. Declassified Boca Rosso from Piedmont. 55% Nebbiolo/30% Croatina/10% Vespolina/5% Uva Rara. 400m sites in the middle of the woods on porphyry-rich volcanic soils. Ivano works the vines organically and by hand, including manual harvest. The fruit is destemmed and fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tank with a two-week maceration. The wine is aged in a single 1700-liter Austrian oak cask for one year and then for another year in bottle before release. — 20 days ago
The 2016 Barbaresco is a knock-out. And it is, for lack of a better word, the entry-level wine in this range. Freshly cut flowers, mint, cinnamon, red berry fruit and orange zest are some of the notes that lift from a Barbaresco that is all class. There is plenty of structure, but the purity of the fruit is so striking that the tannins are not especially noticeable. The 2016 is a stunning wine, that’s all there is to it. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — 5 days ago
The 2017 Barbaresco is a terrific wine to drink now and over the next decade or so. Ample and creamy, the 2017 is so inviting. Sweet red cherry, crushed flowers, mint, cedar, rose petal and blood orange give the 2017 an exotic character that is so appealing. Another year or two in bottle will help the tannins soften. This is nicely done. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — 5 days ago
Hosting a Barolo night. Wine #2. The wine of the night. Simply elegant. Glorious fruit and silky tannins from sip to finish. Simply put, this is a remarkable wine. FYI from the winemaker. Open 1 hr prior to serving and leave in the bottle. The bottle should be served at 65° and never left to warm to room temp. — 5 days ago
Ok. MUCH better than the previous bottle which was a reticent bastard for some damned reason. This is the wine I loved.
Nose is earth and perfume. Gorgeous. Intoxicating. Lilacs ? God. I’m almost crying it’s so good. Ever changing - top level Nebbiolo nose.
As this open it’s Fucking volnay. It’s fucking volnay. Lilacs. A hint of candied lilacs. Amazing.
Palate is sweet cherry fruit. Jaw dropping texture. Incredibly juicy. Just juicy as hell so drinkably delicious for a wine of this level of elegance. Elegant like 1er cru burgundy.
Long as heck.
Bought from fass selections. — 6 hours ago
The 2016 Barbaresco Ronchi, the estate’s top selection, marries elegance with power so well. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet red berries, anise and blood orange confer freshness that plays off the wine’s dense, expansive fruit. A rush of sweet raspberry, cherry and rose petal punctuates the exuberant finish. The 2016 is a fabulous wine from a property that has been on the ascent in recent years. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — 5 days ago
Last bottle, still wonderful, no new notes:
A copper, pink color in the glass, visually stunning.
Nose has soiled cherry, wet chestnuts, new leather and a touch of cold tangerine peel.
Palate has wet leather, yellow cherry, sour cherry, light chestnut barrel notes and quick squeeze of tangelo.
Best enjoyed as it warms out of the ice bath (+55°F) — 3 days ago