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Figli Luigi Oddero Rombone Barberesco 2014

The Rombone vineyard is within the Treiso subregion of Barbaresco in Piemonte. Here’s a link to a map that goes into exquisite detail. Treiso is a cooler subregion of Barbaresco with an average altitude of around 350 metres according to the producer, and together with Pajoré, Rombone is of one of its best vineyards. 2014…Continue readingFigli Luigi Oddero Rombone Barberesco 2014

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Pira Margheria Barolo 2011

This is an excellent Barolo from Pira and the 2011 vintage.  It opens to attractive aromas of licorice and earth,  The palate is full bodied, the tannins very firm and the finish is long with attractive sour cherry characters.  Yes.  Approachable now or over the next decade or more.  Rating: Very Good.  Abv: 14.5.  Price: …Continue readingPira Margheria Barolo 2011

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Brezza Sarmassa Barolo 2011

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Pira Serralunga Barolo 2014

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Rizzi Barbaresco Pajorè 2013

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Guido Porro Barolo 2015

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Neno Negri Riserva Valtellina Superiore 2013

This is an excellent Valtellina wine from Nino Negri. It has swirling aromatics of florals and roses. The palate has a firm structure and high acidity. This nebbiolo is rather delicious and can be approached now or over the next decade. Rating: Very Good. Abv: NA. Price: mid $50s. Website: NA. Reviewed: January 2020.Continue readingNeno Negri Riserva Valtellina Superiore 2013

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G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2017

A surprise find under screw cap, this Langhe Rosso from G.D. Vajra and the 2017 vintage presents in a regional style. It’s actually a blend of nebbiolo, barbera and dolcetto, with a few others too. There are aromas of cherry and firm, chalky acidity and structure. This wine can be approached now, but it will…Continue readingG.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2017

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Eight nebbiolos

Here is a belated set of notes in relation to an excellent Barolo and Barbaresco tasting in May. My observations were, in no particular order: (i) the average quality of the wines was very high, (ii) the best wines had the firmest acidity and they were actually from both Barolo and Barbaresco (I had expected…Continue readingEight nebbiolos

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Mauro Veglio Barolo 2014

This is a rather delicious Barolo from Mauro Veglio. Aired for at least an hour, it opens to powerful aromatics of licorice and florals. The palate has firm acidity, very firm tannins and great length on the finish. This wine can be approached now, but will be best in a decade or more. Rating: Very…Continue readingMauro Veglio Barolo 2014

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Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2016

This is a good Langhe nebbiolo from Benevelli, particularly at $28.  An aroma of sour cherry, chalk and potpourri.  Fruity, for nebbiolo.  The palate has good length, firm acidity and a youthful spritz.  A quibble: one bottle corked (four tasted).  Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14%. Price: $28. Website: n/a.Continue readingBenevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2016

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Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Rouge New England 2014

Topper’s Mountain’s Bricolage Rouge is an unorthodox blend of tempranillo, nebbiolo, tannat and shiraz.  Ruby in colour, its aroma reminds of red fruits, smoke and minerals. The palate is medium bodied, with some chalky tannin and good length, and flavours reminding of red fruit, with a savoury, almost Italianate sour cherry aspect.  The winemaker sure…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain Bricolage Rouge New England 2014