Category Archives: Nebbiolo

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

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

2004 La Spinetta Barbaresco “Gallina”

Decanted for 40 minutes. Light ruby orange color. On the nose, showing some development, medium+ intensity, tar, leather, clove, lots of flowers, sour cherry, red licorice, some oak, and certain earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, very spicy, smoky, with pretty red fruit, beautiful balance, and a long wonderful finish.…Continue Reading

2004 Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero

Lighter ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, tar, anise, wild strawberry, sour cherry, orange peel, cinnamon, herbs, nice floral component, mint, definite earth, with traces of oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, sour red cherries, medium+ tannins, medium+ acidity, loaded with flowers and spice, and finishes strong.    Continue Reading