An important observation here is that this Barolo is from the subregion of Monforte d’Alba, which has relatively poor sandstone soils that are not particularly fertile. This has tended to produce Barolos that are intense and structured. And this particular Barolo is intense and structured, bold, capital and underline. It’s a medium intensity ruby in colour, with evident tears in the glass. Its aromatics are clean and developing and are of coconut, vanilla, anise, tar, plum, Christmas cake and cinnamon spice. Initially, it reminded me of a vial of coconut from my collection of “Le Nez du Vin” vials, but the oak was moderated with time in the glass. The palate is dry, with the Italian trilogy of high acid, high alcohol and very high tannins (they are both powdery and filmy), full body and brooding flavours of mulberry, plum, dark cherry, coconut, vanilla and anise. The length is medium.
The biggest challenge with this wine was weathering the substantial oak influence, and then bracing for and handling the mouth puckering tannins. It’s otherwise overall a pretty good quality wine due to its length and the depth of the fruit flavours of mulberry, plum and dark cherry on offer and there’s some complexity in the interaction between these fruit characters and the oak influenced flavours of coconut and vanilla. A wine to drink last in a line up. Good
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