What a smokeshow this wine is. Old school as it gets. Nose is all chestnut. In its glorious most primal form. Then comes the cardamon and clove spices. Cracked nuts. Tar, leather. Mad tobacco. It’s so crazy. I love these wines. Fiercely traditional. No fucks given. If Tarkovsky made wine. Palate is gorgeous and the essence of 14. Linear and nervy. Great acids and freshness and the that linearity is something. A gorgeous, tight core of cherry fruit. Just so good. So long. This has 20+ years to go but as epic as anything. Finish is still going. Takes over your mouth. This is so great. Better in 3 hours and ten years. But man what a thrilling, uncompromising absolutely delicious bottle of ancient style Barbaresco but made super clean with elite freshness. — 3 days ago
Tenuta Carretta Bric Paradiso Roero DOCG Riserva 2015: Beautiful nose. Bright red fruits. Cherry. Tobacco. Earth. Oak. A perfect balance with a smooth, dry finish. All in all, an excellent & true representation of the Nebbiolo grape varietal and the obvious, clear winner & favorite of the evening’s backyard wine challenge! This is a top Nebbiolo and one that I will store & savor again in years to come! Cheers🍷 — 7 days ago
Nose is mega spice and plum skins. Superb expansiveness. Lovely earthiness and some tree bark and orange rind. What a nose. Palate is so juicy with amazingly sweet fruit and awesome internal aromatics. Amazingly pure and deep. Really suave tannins. Terrific concentration and lovely rusticity. Love these single varietal wines that Silvia does. — 6 days ago
Last tried ‘09 was in 2014, wow, still young and vibrant for an 11+ year old wine. 100% Nebbiolo, rich deep ruby red color with aromas of black fruit, herb, cedar and spice notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry, cherry and ripe plum, with notes of leather, spice, cracked pepper and fennel, with slight floral. Fine chewy tannins, still packs a pop, long finish ending with fruit, oak and spice. It was great now but this Barolo still has a decade+ to age. Just delightful. — 3 days ago
14 is the year at Rattalino. Better than 15. Glorious spice on the nose. Compelling and complex. Like it is being ground up fresh under your nose constantly. Gorgeous cherry skins. Palate is ripe and commanding with terrific structure and velvety tannins. Such power and purity. Just a classy classy Barolo with structure to burn. Long finish. Awesome. Tremendous sweet fruit and concentration. Nose opens with more chestnut and intense mineral and cherry flesh. Amazing texture here. Love this. Better than my last bottle. — 6 days ago
Younger and more lively than the 1990. Nose has the hoisin, soy thing but it seems more youthful. Insane spice. So so good. Glorious spice, tar, leather and chestnut. There is major major umami on this nose. Layered, soupy and sappy also Groucho. And Harpo. A nose one can say is the epitome of Brameterra 9.6 nose for me. Insane freshness and purity. Like the most fresh thing you can imagine for a 21 year old wine. This is teeming with energy and freshness and just wow. This is the old person who can still run a 40 yard sprint and still compete with people 20 years their younger. Insanely insanely comlplex and the balance is just perfect. Has 10 years ahead of it. Wowsers. What a gorgeous wine. 1990 finish is longer but this is more complex.
Update. 2000 is much better than 1990. After two hours it is stunning and super expansive aromatically. 9.4 to 9.5. — 12 days ago
The wine I have opened was the 2016 Pier Carlo Bergadano Langhe Nebbiolo.
On the nose there is quite distinctive notes of cherry, strawberry, licorice, gaminess, mushroom, herbs, leather and earth.
On the palate is cherry, plum, raspberry, anise, game, clay pot, leather, oak and earth.
This wine is full bodied grippy mouthfeel, medium + acidity with medium + to high fine grainy tannins leading to a long red fruit earthy finish. I hope everyone is healthy and well? Please stay safe and the weekend is just around the corner. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 7 days ago
Wow. Blinded I’d say premier cru burgundy. Slow ox then full decant for three hours. From Zalto burgundy glasses. Even having had the range of Arpepe, nothing quite prepared you for the riservas. Swimming in violets. Soft leather. Strawberries. Cherry cordial. Ferns, undergrowth. Mineral, fresh spring water. This is just entering the drinking window. A profound wine. #arpepe — 4 days ago
Nose full of tar and ripe plum, veering to prune. Took an hour in the decanter to sort itself but then wonderfully balanced and layered. Black tea, darker plum, perfectly drying tannins to match the perfect, fatty short rib. I would drink up lest the drying tannins persist more as the fruit wanes. — 2 days ago
This was a delicious fastball right down the middle of the plate, as far as Barolo goes…and when considering that we’re working with the 2014 vintage, this was especially noteworthy. Dark cherry, alpine herbs, tar, minerals, and black licorice were predominate. A long, lip smacking finish. Again, worked really well with the bison tartar and duck frites. — 8 days ago