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 […]

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.

Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba 2015

From the highly regarded Bruno Giacosa, the newly arrived 2015 vintage of the Nebbiolo d’Alba is a very good wine. The knowledgeable team at East End Cellars in Adelaide put me in this wine’s direction. In the glass, there are sour cherry and earthy aromas. The palate has grippy tannins softened by an edge of […]

La Ca Nova Barbaresco 2014

This is a very good Barbaresco from La Ca Nova.  The 2014 vintage has rose and floral aromatics.  The palate has great length, towards a full body and fresh acidity.  I could drink this all day.  With a price in the $60s, it’s great value too for the appellation.  (Alc: 14%, Region: Barbaresco, Piemonte, Italy, […]

Conterno Fantino Vignota Barbera D’Alba 2014

This is a sound Barbera D’Alba from Conterno Fantino.  Barbera seems capable of so many styles, it is difficult to generalise.  This one is in the fresh and racy style, and hasn’t seen oak lavished on it.  In fact, only second fill French oak barrels are used.  It shows.  Aromas of plum, olive, chocolate and […]

Well priced Barolo; Boroli Barolo 2010

This is a well made Barolo from Boroli in Piemonte.  My texts do not reveal much on this producer, although you can fossick around on their website at the link below.  The 2010 vintage, a great one in the region, tasted here has typical nebbiolo aromatics of roses, dried roses and sour cherry.  The palate […]

Viticoltore Mauro Molino Barolo 2011

I am developing a bit of an interest in the wines of Barolo.  This cannot be viewed as anything other than unfortunate development for my bank balance!  I dutifully looked up this producer – Mauro Molino – in my newly purchased Barolo and Barbaresco reference book, The King and Queen of Italian Wine by Kerin O’Keefe […]

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Asili 2001

This is an impressive Barbaresco from Produttori del Barbaresco.  Fashioned from the nebbiolo grape in Piemonte in north western Italy, the wine is sourced from Asili, one of the best vineyards in the Barbaresco subregion.  In its drinking prime, the 2001 tasted here has classic nebbiolo aromatics of tar and roses.  The palate has fine […]

Traversa Starderi Barbaresco 2010

I tasted this nebbiolo from Traversa blind among what I must say was an excellent tasting of Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello wines.  It’s a delicious wine that merits your attention.  Its aromatics are typical in style, reminding of tar, herbs, violets and rosemary.  The palate is fleshy with long length and flavours with characters of […]