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Nebbiolo Tasting

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Tasting groups are fun.  Recently we got together with some of our local wine geeks for an evening of Nebbiolo.  The resulting tasting was great fun, educational, and completely worth drinking.  There were some serious wines in the line up as well as a ringer from California. The Barolo’s stole the show, and my personal […]

2001 Brezza Cannubi Barolo

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This wine shows red fruits on the nose which are lifted, round and fresh with a hint of red and black licorice.  The palate is super rich, boasting dense fruits that are harmoniously in balance with the acidity.  The tannins are a little subdued and the wine opens up to show mineral and savory notes […]

1998 Aldo Conterno Grandbussia Barolo

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After decanting for several hours, the nose started to open up  and reveal remarkably classic Barolo virtues.  The wine was super clean and showed brilliantly, having great acid fruit and earth.  Most importantly these elements were utterly in balance and working synergistically together.  The wine has an open palate enabling all of the dynamic virtues […]

2004 Icardi Parej Barolo

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Lifted nose with perfuming aromatics, but the fruit comes across a little bit flat and dark.  There are delicious and intriguing vegetal and herbal notes. The palate is full and massive showing young chalky, chunky tannins and ripping acidity.  The finish is moderate.  Of the three wines in this flight, this was more new world […]

2004 Bovio Langhe Nebbiolo Annunziata

This wine starts of with a nice nose that has candied sugar notes buried in a medley of brown raspberry and black fruits, that evolve and develop intriguing old book and leather accents as the wine has a chance to breathe.  The palate is very well balanced and shows great depth and minerality.  The wine […]

2007 GD Varja Nebbiolo

This wine had a very interesting nose showing bright red fruits, with lemon citrus and lime blossom notes.  It sounds strange, but that is what prevailed for the duration of the time that we tasted this wine.  The wine has a nice balanced palate but wasn’t as big in terms of imprint and body as […]

2007 Germano Ettore Langhe Nebbiolo

This wine is up front on the nose nose, is rich and full of raspberry.  It seems to be a little loose aromatically after the fruit has made its impact.  The palate is full and rich, having soft tannins and boasting blueberry jam fruit, and showing a hint of leather in the back of the […]

2005 Santa Barbara Nebbiolo Stolpman Vineyard

The nose came across on the sweeter side and showed red fruit and vanilla.  The palate was a little lighter, and showed sour cherry red fruits.  The texture and weight of the wine was a little more on the glycerine end of the spectrum.  The wine came across with a peaty-heady character on the nose […]

2003 Palmina Nebbiolo Sisquoc Vineyard

The nose shows darker, bluer fruits and chalky tannins.  The wine has a deep palate showing firm oak and bright acidity.  It is a true to form Nebbiolo and displays some violet characteristics that are laced through a massive palate that brings up some nice savory and herbal character after the wine has had a […]

1979 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir

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Have you ever been to The Wine Cask in Santa Barbara?  Do you remember how there was a doorway that connected the main dining room to the adjacent restaurant (el Paseo)?  Well, that doorway used to be completely filled with bottles that I assumed were empty.  They weren’t.  They were full of 1979 Sanford and […]

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