Dogliani, Cuneo

Anna Maria Abbona

Langhe Nebbiolo 1999


Dark ruby in color with a wide light brick rim.

Powerful nose of blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates, black currants, wood, licorice, earth, Indian spices, vinaigrette, forest floor, wet leaves and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, leather, smoke, bell pepper, herbs, coffee, forest floor, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is an aged Barbera from Piedmont, Italy. At this point, it is showing great complexity both on the nose and on the palate.

This 21 year old is over the hill by now, but still drinkable, especially with food. Died after 2 hours of airtime. It is always enjoyable to try these old wines. I loved smelling on it for a long time.

Thank you Paul for sharing.

I paired it with cheeses and olives. Was especially nice with the Brie cheese.

Mostly Barbera grapes with a small portion of Dolcetto. Aged for 18 months in oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.
— a day ago

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Verduno Pelaverga 2018

Lyle Fass

I adore Verduno and also import this wine. So I’m biased. But no fake news here. As good as any Verduno out there with apologies to Burlotto. Light strawberry color. Stunning nose. Roses, spices, sweet cherries, minerals, tree bark. So so good. Just inviting. Who needs chillable Gamay? Some leather as well. Just delightful. Even some white pepper. Palate is fresh and energetic with lovely elegant lights fruit and terrific transparency. Round but also fresh and earthy. Hints of raspberry iced tea, barely there tannins. Don’t think, just drink. — 8 days ago

Rob, Chris and 4 others liked this

Giuseppe Negro

Pian Cavallo Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2017

Lyle Fass

Nose is smokey, tarry and reserved initially. Nice spices. Some tea. But seems like it’s about to bust open in 30 minutes or so. Chestnut. Some mid season cherry and minerality develops. It’s getting floral now. Palate is juicy, ripe and dense with great freshness and expressive mineralIty. Concentrated and really complex. Worlds better than the Gallina. Needs maybe one hour open but terrific energy, density and freshness. Long as well. Balanced. Substantial tannins but velvety and just barely sweet. — 12 days ago

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Azienda Agricola Elvio Cogno

Ravera Barolo Nebbiolo 2013

Being a 2013 Barolo, I expected this to be largely unapproachable and, at least initially, my a suspicions were validated. However, after about 30 minutes of swirling and coming up to temperature, it’s reticence faded away and instead, blossomed into a very attractive, youthful wonder. The nose was quite winsome with black licorice, roses, tar and dark fruits. One of those wines where the bouquet alone is enough to celebrate. On the palate, it was no quite as expressive and very primary with tart dark and red fruits and spices. The structure is intimidating at this stage. Long, mouth drying finish. I would suggest tucking these away for at least another five to ten years to get the most out of it. DIAM cork which I found somewhat surprising. — 4 days ago

Peter, Bob and 11 others liked this

Azienda Agricola Brovia

Rocche di Castiglione Barolo Nebbiolo 2015

Happy 15th Birthday to our great son Nicanor! A special wine for a special occasion. Last year this time, we were staying within a stone's throw of Brovia in Castiglione Falletto. Next time, we will be sure to visit. I have no doubt that this wine is still young, yet already strong, multifaceted, and brilliant--on it's way to becoming a rock star!

94 points
— 3 days ago

Ira, Anthony and 20 others liked this

Ugo Lequio

Gallina Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2016

Lyle Fass

Terrific nose. Floral, tar, roses, mint, tweed jacket, serious cherry, complex, so many different aromas, crazy spice. So good. Licorice. Amazing cherry flower with air. Sick. Palate had an abundance of fruit. Concentrated, sweet and so dense. Pure, clean and so textured. Amazing balance and so well made. Elegant, delicate and so so deep. This is a very good wine with terrific harmony. Shows off why 2016 is as good as it is. Long. Juicy. So so pure.

Update - after 4.5 hours this got that supernal balance very few wines get. 9.4 to 9.5.
— 3 days ago

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Massimo Rattalino

Novantadue 92 Monvigliero Nebbiolo

Lyle Fass

@Delectable Wine this is Novantadue92 Monvigliero. Thanks!

Debut Monvig from Rattalino and it’s a knockout. Heavenly nose. Ripe, complex, sour cherries, high toned, perfumed. Mixture of dried and fresh roses and insane glorious spice. Dizzying. The greatness of Monvigliero shines through. 9.6.nose. Palate is just velvet. So concentrated and ethereal. Big tannins and just perfect balance. So elegant. A big wine but a total masterpiece. Plum, red and black cherries dominate. After some time it closes down but the finish lasts forever. Imprints on your palate. 9.4 for now but I see upside here.
— 7 days ago

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Cecilia Monte

Ca di Monti Langhe Nebbiolo 2016

@delectable Cecilia monte Langhe nebbiolo “ca di monti”

Let sit for 45-60 minutes.

Nose is elegant cherry and cherry pit. Almost a touch of lipstick. As it opens (30 minutes) massive gorgeous cherry flowers. You get the sense of her style. So elegant. Nose is more a 9.4.

Palate is perfect cherry. Cherry flower internal aromatics. As it opens so sleek and delicious. Wow. Amazing purity especially for a langhe Nebbiolo. After 45 minutes great texture. A hint of gorgeous sweetness.

Very classic.

You can tell from this that monti is in the top tier of Langhe producers. Her wines are more about the aromatic soul of Nebbiolo than gobs of fruit.

Bought from fass selections.
— 4 days ago

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Azienda Agricola Ronchi di Giancarlo Rocca

Ronchi Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2016

Love this! No decant (imho it doesn’t need it). This is everything you want. Balanced fruit and acid. Served with bbq ribeye (the rub with brown sugar and ground coffee is what brought these together). Second night sautéed chicken with rosemary and a pesto pasta was also perfect. Love this! SS — a day ago

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