Don’t be fooled by the label, looking like a closeout from the Olive Garden. This is serious shit, a gourmand wine full of character & finesse. Tar on the nose, palate is high acid with tremendous freshness. Angular at first, but with air the sweet cherry fruit moves to the forefront. Floral & foliage sing backup. Miles to go. Incredible value from Fass Selections @Lyle Fass — 21 hours ago
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. — 5 days ago
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. — 12 days ago
Screw cap. SO2 is dominate upon opening (evident in the nose as some stank) Stone fruits and some tartness to mid- palate but tannins carrying the finish. Refreshing. WHW — an hour ago
Nice dark color, aromas tell you this is not a Saignée, but a purpose made Rose. Rose petals, white nectarine and slight white peppercorns on the nose. Strawberries, stone fruit with a long smooth mouth coating finish. Awesome sipping and great with food. This is one of the best Rose I’ve had. Winner! 85% Nebbiolo 15% Vespolina. WHW — 21 days ago
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. — 4 days ago
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) — 8 days ago
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. — a day ago
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. — a day ago