Served Friday night with my Veal Bolognese. This only worked with this dish because it had enough time in bottle to soften and not overpower the dish. If this was served young with this dish, you would have mostly tasted only dark and rugged Nebbiolo tannins.
This was vacuum sealed and re-stored to allow me to write notes today as we had friends for dinner on Friday.
The reveals; blackberries, dark sweet and sour cherries, soft floral blueberries, cherries, black plum and hints of back raspberries, notes of cooked rhubarb on the glass edge, soft, dark tarry notes, leather, anise, whiff of graphite, limestone minerals, dark rich earth, dry brush, some dark spice, cedar, light bay leaf and herbaceous notes with dark fresh & withering florals and violets.
The body is near full but, not quite. The tannins have rounded and softened but, still have teeth and slightly, sticky tarriness. The structure and tension are just approaching a really good phase. Tannins show some velvetiness. The length and balance show beauty and elegance. This wine has 10–15 of good drinking ahead. Ripe; blackberries, dark sweet and sour cherries, soft floral blueberries, cherries, black plum, plum and hints of back raspberries, notes of cooked rhubarb on the glass edge. Dark tarry notes, leather, anise, graphite, limestone minerals, dry crushed rock powder, dark rich earth, dry brush, dark chocolate, some bold dark spice with palate heat, clove, nutmeg, very light vanillin notes, cedar, light bay leaf and herbaceous notes with blue flowers, dark fresh & withering florals and violets. Beautiful wine. The acidity is like a gentle rain shower. The finish is elegant, well balanced, floral and persists for minutes.
Photos of; Bartolo Mascarello, Maria Teresa Mascarello who run the business since her father’s passing in 2005, my Veal Bolognese made in the lighter style that is indicative of true Italian cooking and one of their beautiful hillside vineyards. — 13 days ago
Dark and opaque. Gave it 5 hours of air in a decanter before touching it and it blossomed. Really nice nose. Notes of roses, black fruit, anise, wet cedar wood and some menthol. Rich and silky in the mouth. Great texture with a long finish. Paired well with a boar ragu pasta dish 8 hours after opening. In a peak drinking window but give it its needed air in a decanter first! — 14 days ago
Delicious, smooth La Morra imported by SommSelect. Most of the typical Barolo flavors, minus overly grippy tannins and charred oak/leather/tar. Floral and fruit depth is there, as is ample acidity and almond notes... this is a feminine Barolo, more akin to a Barbaresco (full disclosure: right up my alley). This could age, but why wait? It’s a 2013 and drinking well in the near term. — 5 days ago