2004 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

This is remarkably approachable at this point.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries and rose notes with a bit of dust and spice.  On the palate, there are silky tannins.  Nice cherry fruit layered with dry forest floor.  Great acidity.  Long finish.  It was decanted for a few hours and that seemed to do the trick.  No hurry on it, but with some air, it is ready to go.  

2004 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

Despite a four hour decant, this still needed more time.  After a few hours more in the glass, it really started to open up.  Ruby in color.  Gorgeous nose of cherries, slight dried cherries, rose and slight tar.  Firm tannins.  The palate has depth with layers of cherries and some forest floor.  Great acidity.  Long finish.  Plenty of upside here.  Hold for a few more years.  

2004 Dessilani Piemonte Nebbiolo Spanna Riserva, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

Bought on release for $19.99 and consumed in 2017, this is what value wines are all about.  Sure, its not Barolo, but it drinks in that style and is excellent.  Ruby in color.  The nose is mature with cherries, dust, tar and dried roses.  On the palate, this does not have much depth but nice cherry and dried cherry fruit.  Good acidity.  Certainly at its peak or slightly past.  It begs for food and delivers at the table.  Great value.  

2004 Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Sotto Castello di Novello, Italy, Piedmonte - Wine Review

Excellent showing for this wine.  It is a more modern take on a Barolo.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose has dark cherries, spice, and slight vanilla notes.  On the palate, this drinks more traditionally at 13 years from vintage if still a bit riper.  Cherries and dark cherries layered with slight earth and cedar.  Nice acidity.  Long finish.  Worked great with food (of course), but even on its own it drinks well.  Nice finish.  Seems to be closing in on peak but no hurry.  

2011 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza La Court, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

Purple in color.  Dusty cherries with slight plums on the nose.  On the palate, this is a bit more serious than many Barberas.  It has some depth with nice plum and cherry fruit.  There is a bit of spice as well.  Great acidity, it will work well with food.  Nice finish.  Really nice and in a good spot in 2017 but should have a few more years at least.  

2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo, Italy, Piedmont, Barolo - Wine Review

Very nice showing for such a young Barolo.  I was surprised by how well it showed just 4 years from vintage.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has cherries, dark cherries, black raspberries with slight tar and dust.  On the palate, there are tannins but not monsters.  Great cherry and dark cherry fruit.  Delicious and easy to drink.  Nice finish.  Of course, all the acidity is there to work well with food.  A nice way to taste high end Italian wines and not break the bank while waiting on the single vineyard wines.  

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