Piedmont

Azienda Agricola La Ca'Nova

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2018

My new love is Barbaresco. I’ve recently become friends with a few guys down the block who own and work at a wine shop in the West Village.

From time to time, they enjoy opening up a couple of bottles on slower days like Sunday eves. One night, we tasted an amazing Barbaresco. That’s the thing with wine, the longer you learn, the pricier your taste gets.

This isn’t quite the same level of bottle we had opened, but as an entry at about $40, it’s something I can open up on a casual Thursday night.

The crushed rose petals are there, but it’s muted by a bit more of a soil-forward bouquet.

I see the similarities, but it’s lacking in a bit of elegance that can come in a level or two higher.

A bit more tannins than acidity. It’s out of balance. I think I’ve been spoiled because I’ve had a great example. But this is still fine Italian wine, happy to be drinking it.
— 3 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Fully agree on the learning, to price curve ratio...

Giacomo Conterno

Cascina Francia Barolo Nebbiolo 2009

I usually just live this producer and also this vintage. This bottle was slightly off. Still good but less robust than usual. Great color at the rims and a wonderful bouquet but it never quite got out of second gear. — a day ago

Shay, Eddie and 7 others liked this

Cantina Bartolo Mascarello

Barbera d'Alba 2019

Absolutely wonderful and unique wine. Great fruit taste, cherry with a little tartness. Medium body with complexity and balance. If you can find this, BUY IT!! — a day ago

Eddie, Joel and 1 other liked this

Domenico Clerico

Percristina Barolo Nebbiolo 2007

Notes of vanilla oak, chocolate, ripe cherry and roses. Same on the medium weight palate palate with those grainy persistent tannins. Oak on Barolo doesn’t seem right but it is nice, hint of menthol. Reminiscent of fruit and nut milk chocolate - a personal favourite. Some astringency to finish off. One of the 1001 wines - bought this in Alba, Piedmont about 8 years ago. Clerico believes that prudent use of new oak can round out Barolo’s harsh edges and enhance the flavour profile. After a few hours in the decanter the tannins became typically Barolo - powdery fine and persistent. Galloni said that Percristina is the only Barolo still made with 100% new oak and is now taking a direction that increasingly stands apart from the other Baroli here. — 7 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Great wine, still holding some 99's.
Bob McDonald

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Just looked up your 1999. Time is on your side with the Drinking Window I read being 2010 to 2025.
Severn Goodwin

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Thanks. For a guy with too much wine, long drinking windows are my friend.

Vietti

Derthona Colli Tortonesi Timorasso 2018

Good white but is it textbook? Too new to know for this grape in Piedmont. Loads of SO2 as @Cathy Corison noted, let this blow off in a decanter in the fridge for an hour or shake it before you pour it! — 3 days ago

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Ioppa

Rusin Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo Rosé 2021

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2021 Nebbiolo Rusin opens slowly in the glass, displaying dried apricots, peach skins and sweet smoke. Soothing textures with brilliant acidity enriches its white cherry-berry fruits. Minerality and sour citrus linger as the 2021 tapers off with fine tension. $20.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, August 2022) — 10 days ago

Alex, Sharon and 8 others liked this

Gillardi

Cursalet Dolcetto di Dogliani 2019

Lyle Fass
9.3

I adore this Dolcetto. Nose is blackberries, leather, blueberries and smoke. Super aromatic. Layered and so pure. Just terrific. Palate is a masterful blend of ripe blackberry fruit that is super juicy and just bursting with tiny berry fruit intensity and so much flavor but backed by a strong mineral component. Not a better Dolcetto for the money. Remarkable wine. Can age for a decade. — 6 days ago

Andrew, Rob and 7 others liked this

Luciano Sandrone

Dolcetto d'Alba 2015

Almost 4 years since my last btl and this is just singing. On the nose: brambly blackberry and dark cherry, smoked herbs. On the palate: fantastic, juicy acidity, lovely density, more savory herbs and blackberry and black cherry. Tannin completely attenuated on the juicy finish. — 3 days ago

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Terre di Sarrizola

Derthona Biancornetto Timorasso 2017

This is a sensuous wine. Candied citrus peel. Stone fruit, floral, and ripe apricot aroma. Sweetness and real body come across the palate. Brilliant golden hue. Given liveliness by its textural density not just acid. — 4 days ago

Tom, Andrew and 17 others liked this

Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello

Monprivato di Castiglione Falletto Barolo Nebbiolo 1978

Deep reddish tawny color, mostly translucent. Floral nose. Notes of red fruit, rose petals, dark soil, smoked meat and blood sausage, and a little anise. Rich and powerful in the mouth. Still has some tannin. Gets bigger with air over the evening. This came across as a somewhat different bottle of juice than the 70 Monprivato next to it - with the 70 being more aged-Barolo like, and the 78 being more of a hearty Cote-Rotie or something. Nevertheless everyone loved this and having the two side-by-side. — 14 days ago

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