WNH Barolo theme.
Not having any experience with this producer, I tried a small glass at pop and pour, then decided to decant for an hour and a half. I then enjoyed the bottle over the next two hours.
I’m between a 92 and 93 here. If I had tried this blind, I think I would have taken this to left bank Bordeaux. As odd as that sounds, my reasons are mostly due to hardly any floral notes at all, and a hint of leather on the palate (with both the classic Barolo and Cabernet finish showing drying tannins). The longer this was open, the more cherry menthol notes picked up (but not in a bad way). Red currant, cherry and vanilla Pope tobacco, and underripe fleshy black cherry skin. Sporting a classically warm 2007 profile with richness and tannin, this powered through the entire evening and was best about halfway through. I’m sure it can hold many more years, but this is at a stage where the fruit is fading to the background and savory herbs, dates and fig will soon make their way to the forefront. Just depends on your preferred Barolo style. Enjoyed from a Grassl Cru glass which does a great job of accentuating the aromatics in old world wines. — 3 months ago
I think this can climb another point or two, but it will take another 5-7yrs. The potential is there but this is just not ready (for my taste). Aromatically, it’s open for business. Intoxicating notes of currant, cassis, mixed blue and black fruits, sandalwood, and espresso. Built like an absolute tank on the palate with chalky and chewy tannins. Red fruit starts to appear here with some graphite, fig, vanilla pope tobacco and baked black cherries. Quality is undeniable. Thanks @Bill Makens . — a year ago
St. Catherine of Siena would have convinced the Pope to stay in Avignon if she had the wine — 3 months ago
This is the red I almost always want. I picture Olivia Pope drinking this with her popcorn. It is super juicy, peppery, floral, fragrant af. — 6 months ago
The Pope liked Maradona — 8 months ago
A very creamy and wonderful C-9-du-Pope, simply a delicious wine to imbibe to more wellness. — 2 years ago
A good - not sweet - Primitivo with a taste that is round, smooth, soft and elegant. Jam and blueberries, pitch dark colour. Originates from near Manduria, by the family Orsini, which descents from the Italian pope Benedetto XIII, hence the ‘Papale’ name of the wine. — 5 months ago
straw yellow, glints of green, pale watery rim; aromatic, grapefruit, honeydew melon, freshly cut grass, subtle oak; medium body, dry, crisp acidity, 13.8% ABV; made by Dan Petroski who makes Cabernet Sauvignon for Larkmead, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, fermented 70% in stainless steel, sourced from Juliana Vineyard in Pope Valley in Napa Valley, vines originally planted in 1993 for Robert Monday to produce their Napa Valley Fumé Blanc; $30 — a year ago
Southeast Rhone Valley where Catholics planted lots of old bones during times when there was a french & Italian pope. No oak - stainless & cement — 2 years ago