(2017) The oak influence on this wine is subtle, having spent one year in a combination of smaller and very large barrels. The colour is saturated, deep with a hint of blood red to ruby, and the nose vinous, crammed with cherries and hints of game and truffle, cedar and tobacco. In the mouth the plush sweetness of the fruit is the immediate attraction, but then the savoury, spicy and meaty character comes through too, smoky tobacco notes and typical plum and cherry skin tartness to freshen. A big mouthful of Barbera this, bold, intense and really well done.
(2014) I know to my cost that this 14.5% abv Nebbiolo from Piedmont is dangerously drinkable! I had intended to have one glass of this after a week's holiday in Spain drinking mostly rather heavier Rioja and Ribera del Duero reds, and the exuberant crunch and vitality of this youthful Nebbiolo was utterly disarming well into a third! A beautifully cherry-ripe, spicy nose leads on to a palate that is vinous and edged with bittersweet liquorice and clove to abundant black fruit. It's full but not at all heavy, and has good balance.
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