From a 3L bottle that I have cellared since release. I always hesitate to open these large format bottles, instead making excuses to hold them for longer since they tend to age at a glacial pace. However, we were hosting a large group of people for my 40th birthday dinner and since we were having lamb and rice, and big bottles are meant for big parties, and the world hasn’t been able to enjoy many big parties over the last 14 months, I figured WTFN. In an attempt to maximize the potential of the bottle, I pulled the cork almost 30 hours prior, a recommendation from by buddy Tim who tends to know a lot more about these things. I left the bottle in my cellar, allowing it to slow-ox. By dinner the following evening, this was absolutely singing. Gorgeous, translucent ruby color with a slight brownish rim. Ripe red fruits just ever so slightly stewed, red flowers, dry earth, and dried Mediterranean herbs. This bottle was positively bursting with energy! Bone dry. Medium+ tannin; medium+ acid. The finish was long and somewhat saline and was an absolutely sublime pairing with our Khaleeji fare. A fabulous bottle and a much better showing than the 2013 (standard format) that I recall drinking a few years back. — 8 days ago
Amber tawny color. Looks old in the glass but not overly so. Gave this 6 hours in a decanter before taking it to our restaurant. Has a great old Barolo nose. Notes of Asian tea, soy sauce, roses, black cherries, some leather saddle and a little tar. Silky in the mouth, with a perfume that gains intensity. Still has ample fruit with a nice soft structure that delivers a memorable finish. Great performance tonight, and bottles like this easily have another 5-8 years of peak delivery. — 6 days ago
Superb nose and scents of tobacco, herbs, dark fruit, spices and a floral character as well, the nose keeps on giving. The palate is not as impressive, nice acidity and typical powerful Barolo, lacks a bit of finish and elegance to it, too young for sure but doubtful it will improve that much.
Superbe nez très expressif, exubérant même et complexe, du fruit, des herbes, tabac, floral. La bouche est typée, une acidité bien sentie, assez puissant mais manque un peu de fini et de finesse, c’est très bien mais pas prêt encore et je ne sais pas si cela va se bonifier tant que cela. 90-91 — 11 days ago
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. — 8 days ago
Color of light purple, a bit cloudy, with some orange note on the rim. Nose of nice dried strawberry, spice, plum, aldehyde, sour cherry, crayon, and nose keeps coming. Taste of refined and solid tannins, black tea, almost dried and clean, ripe grapes, and dried strawberry. Aftertaste is medium long with more flavors similar to the tasting plus some peppery and bitter yet refreshing note. Nice. — 7 days ago
Aged wine night tasting with two 1990s Italian wine tasting tonight. This is clearly the winner. Opened for 30 min before drinking. Awesome Raisin aromas. Words really cannot describe how amazing this is. Elegant black cherry, blackberries, and subtle leather notes. — 5 days ago
Decanted, notes from 2 hrs open. When I taste young barolo: I'm reminded of the joke: man goes to the doctor and says: "it hurts when I do this"...doctor says: "don't do that". I wanted to see what 16 fruit is like, but was, I think understandably, nervous about immense tannin. On the nose: pure sweet blackberry and blood orange, with a hint of smoke. So primary, but the fruit is beautifully pure. On the palate: lovely acidity, tar, blackberry, fantastic density, and just amazingly dense and drying tannin on the finish. Will I still be able to drink wine when this is at peak? Will my kids? — 2 days ago
My first check-in with the 2011 “Ovello”. Popped and poured. Consumed over two days. On the nose, predominately red fruited with raspberry and pomegranate, walnut, some spices, red flowers and forest floor. On the palate, red fruits, almonds, and forest floor. High tannin and medium-plus acid. Overall, this is a very serious wine and tremendously satisfying. It held up really well over the two days it was open…which leads me to believe that these have a long life yet ahead. I’m very happy to gave several bottles remaining and look forward to checking in on their development for years to come. — 6 days ago
Nose is psychotic on pop and pour. Structured cherry fruit. Intense.
Palate is cherry, cherry cough syrup. Dense. Very bright. Almost alive on the palate. Very complex. Tastes expensive. Wow.
A stunning basic Barolo. Even on pop and pour.
Bought from fass selections. — 2 days ago
Color of purple with a mix of copper tone. Quite clear. Nose of nice dry strawberry, aldehyde, tobacco leaves, strength of alcohol, and some more cigar box. Taste of solid and refined tannins, ripe grapes, strawberry, mineral and zest, slightly sweet, and some more tobacco leaves. Quite flavorful and enjoyable. Aftertaste is medium long with addition of a bit black pepper. Nice one. On her peak. — 9 days ago