What is a perfect wine? What is the best wine one can ever have? I found my personal answer again: the Bruno Giacosa Barolo "Collina Rionda" Riserva 1989. This wine has it all, all I could wish for in the beauty of Nebbiolo. The nose alone was so intriguing; a basket of fruits of all sizes and colors is jumping out of the glass together with mild incense. In the palate the wine shows its perfection. Weightless but yet so intense und powerful with myriad flavors of red and black plums, fruitcake, saturating minerals and iron. The feminine elegance and finesse meet the masculine & darker characterstics that are so typical for Serralunga. You can only find this magic interplay in "Vigna Rionda". The tannins, acidity and fruit are in an incredible harmony and make this 30 years old wine appear so young. The finish is sweet and endless. This wine is a story told from the glass to the palate. The greatest story ever told. — 9 days ago
Color of brown and ruby, cloudy. Nose of tobacco leaves, dried strawberry, rose petal, ripe cherry, and a bit leathery. Taste of still young and solid tannins, dried strawberry, mineral, cherry jam, flavors are too plenty. Aftertaste is long with subtle acidity, spice, and more tannins. Hold her for another few years for even better taste. — 5 days ago
Tasted blind. The wine was reddish tawny in color, but a bit cloudy from the get-go (with the sponsor accepting blame for a decanting issue). It needed many hours of air in front of us to develop tell-tale old Barolo characteristics and blossom into an amazing wine. At first my description was faded fruit, some cherry and some sweetness. After ~2-4 hours of more air, it blossomed to show roses, tea, some tar and some earthy soy sauce. Great structure, with tannins resolved but still holding the fruit in place. A sweetness comes accross over time, with some soy notes that grew as the wine gobbled oxygen. The wine elevated itself thoughout the day to become WOTD for many. — 13 days ago
You wouldn’t know Barbaresco is one of my favourite wines as I hardly review them weirdly 😁 so seeing this 21 year old baby @ £83 recently I thought I gotta get me a piece of that 😉 It’s a few years past it’s peak now but still a decent drop although not worth its current 💵
📍 Giuseppe Cortese Rabaja 1998
🏵 89-90 points
🍷 Clear cherry ruby w/ bricked edge
👃 Tortured mashed cherry through tar, tobacco, soot embers, soggy earth, drenched oak & herbs w/ dirty dried red flower potpourri, menthol/mint & shy red berries
👄 Med slight tart body of earthy red cherry w/ a slight dry cocoa & red berry backbone
🎯 Med+ dry woody earthy red cherry/berry cocoa warming finale
— 7 days ago
A nice Moscato D'Asti from Italy. Sweet with high acidity and nicely balanced.
Showing citrus, lemons, tropical fruits, apples, honey, melons, pears, kiwi and pineapples.
Medium bodied with nice length on the finish. Rich, extracted and elegant.
A great dessert wine to pair with cakes, ice-cream or just by itself.
5.5% alcohol by volume.
$13. — 6 days ago
Really a fantastic well aged Barolo. Vintage giacosa in a very meaningful way. A little bricking at the rim, deeply aromatic. In perfect shape with the age. Tannins still there but perfectly integrated. Great fruit and acid. An excellent pairing with prime rib and dry aged porterhouse at Keens. — 6 days ago
Color of clear burgundy, with hue of bloody grapefruit. Nose of dried strawberries, some cedar wood, cherry jam, black tea, and tobacco leaves. Taste is juicy, with tannins solid but polished, sweetened black tea, cherry and strawberry, tobacco leaves, anise, spice, and some mineral. Aftertaste of some more mineral, zest, and a touch of white pepper. In her peak. — 2 days ago
Color is light ruby with a bit brown and orange note on the rim. Nose is quite light with pleasant sweetness, some black tea, a bit savory spice, and a bit strawberry. Taste of very solid tannins, good acidity, a bit wet mushroom, indeed very Pinot noir like, a bit tobacco leaves, a bit cherry and vanilla, and a bit peppery. Aftertaste with some more additional zest, medium lingering. She is interesting. Light on the color yet very solid and young on the taste still. Very good experience. — 7 days ago
Vibrant dark fruit with licorice and a dollop of flowers and tar, intense but balanced with plenty of fine tannin for support. Excellent in a totally different style from the 1997 Giacosa Santo Stefano tasted with it and more lively and nuanced than the 2000 Costa Russi. — 2 days ago
From a good looking bottle with a high fill and a solid cork seal. Out of the gate this is big and bold in the glass. Dark and opaque. With air this explodes in the glass, developing an amazing perfume. Notes of violets, rose petals, black earth, some cedar and a little soy sauce. Great balance in the mouth. Vibrant acidity. Long finish. Great showing! — 10 days ago