Category Archives: Piedmonte

2000 Travaglini Gattinara

I busted this out of the cellar last weekend for Italian dinner with the family and decanted for about an hour. Ruby to brown color with orange rim. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, clove, tar, violets, anise, sour plum and cherry, lots of chalky earth minerality, layered spices, with moderate amounts of oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, really well balanced, with a nice array of sour fruit, spice, and flowers, lots of complexity, and a beautiful finish. Solid wine, I think I have one more!

2005 Corino Barolo Vigneto Arborina

Ruby color with orange rim. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, sour cherry, tar, leather, chalky soil, anise, with lots of French oak spices showing through. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, with layers of fruit, spice, mineral, and flowers, all wrapped in a nice oaky finish. Great Barolo crafted for…Continue Reading

2007 Giacomo Borgogno Barbera d’Alba Superiore

From one of the great producers from the region known for their extremely ageable Barolo’s. Dark garnet in color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, loaded with black and red cherries, blackberry, plum, chocolate, flowers, leather, spice, chalky soil, forest floor, some oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, bright black fruit, medium+ intensity,…Continue Reading

1982 Borgogno Barolo

Quite impressive wine. Ruby with orange edges. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, plum, cherry, chalky soil, clove, anise, flowers, tar, some oak, and some earth as well. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, still showing off it fruit and tannins, with beautiful balance, and a stellar finish. I heard this…Continue Reading

2008 Marcarini Barbera d’Alba

Ruby color with a bit of purple to it. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, cranberry, raspberry, leather, flowers and perfume, chalky soil, subtle oak, with earth present. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium- tannin, medium acidity, pretty explosive sour red fruit, with a silky chalky component, with flowers and spice on a moderate…Continue Reading