1970 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1970
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$200.00USD

This bottle was decanted for sediment about an hour prior to serving.  This bottle was fresher than one opened about a year ago.  It was purchased around 2009, and it is not clear if this is an original bottling or not. Light ruby in color, some browning, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries, tar and slight smoke.  Perhaps a slight but of forest floor.  Complex and deep with layers or some fruit but mostly tertiary notes.  Cherries, slight gravel, forest floor and slight char.  Good finish.  This is certainly past prime and every bottle is different, but this bottle was just wh

2004 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric, Italy, Piedmonte, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2004
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$120.00USD

Lovely Barolo at a great place.  Purple in color with ruby hues, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, tar, slight roses and dust.  Medium bodied.  Medium to light tannins.  Layers of fruit and tertiary notes.  Cherries, and forest floor.  Nice balance.  Long finish.  This is nice on its own but really needs food.  Pasta with truffles or mushroom in a cream sauce would be great.  It is at peak but there should be another 5 to ten more years of peak drinking.  

NV Viticoltori Acquesi Brachetto d'Acqui Vino Spumante Dolce, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This is a sweet red sparkling wine from northwest Italy.  Low in alcohol (6.5%) and high in fun.  It is made from 100% Brachetto grapes.  Maroon in color, frothy, clear and bright.  The nose is interesting with tomato paste, red peppers, tomato vine and some raspberries.  Easy to drink.  Sweet and tasty.  On the  palate, cherries and sour cherries.  Not too different than the Faygo Red Pop of my youth.  Refreshing.  Long finish.  This drinks nice on its own and will work with cheeses and perhaps a not too sweet chocolate dessert.  Drink now.  This bottle was Lot L211955.

NV Mosketto Delicate Sweet Pink, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

This is one of those wines that remind me that wine doesn't always need to be serious.  This is a fun wine that is quite tasty.  It is "frizzante" or lightly sparkling and it is also sweet.  The grapes come from the Piedmont in northern Italy and include Moscato Bianco and Brachetto.  At 5.5%abv, this is easy drinking and refreshing.  Pale pink in color with a nice mousse of small bubbles.  The nose has cranberries and cherries.  Light to medium bodied.  On the palate, this is sweet but not cloying.  Lightly carbonated.  Nice strawberry notes with a refreshing finish.  Just plain fun and ea

2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2006
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

One of the best Cooperatives making wine is the Produttori del Barbaresco.  Always good, but a few times every decade they nail it and 2006 was one of those.  Deep garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is great with cherries, tar and spice.  Medium bodied with lighter tannins.  On the palate, this is complex, with good acidity and delicious.  Lots of cherry fruit and a nice earthiness.  At age 15, it is mature but with time left.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  This is nice on its own but will be better with food.  Pasta with a mushroom cream sauce will be great.  

2016 Le Pianelle Coste della Sesia Al Forte, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$37.00USD

This is another Nebbiolo from north-west Piedmont in northern Italy.  Garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is a bit soapy along with cherries and tar.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  Better on the palate, with cherries and some smoke.  Moderate finish.  Drink over the next five years.  This will work better with foods such as a Mushroom Pizza.  

2016 Cantina dei Produttori Nebbiolo di Carema Carema Riserva, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$32.00USD

From the far north in Piemonte in Italy, this is made from Nebbiolo, the same grape used in Barolo and Barbaresco.  It is a very nice value play.  Pale ruby in color, slightly opaque and bright.  The nose is dusty with cherries and slight tar notes.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, cherries with underlying light earthiness.  Elegant.  Good acidity.  Medium complexity.  Medium finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue for the next five to seven years.  A perfect wine for mid-week pizza or pasta.  

2015 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli No Name Langhe Nebbiolo, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
90
Grade: 
Current Price: 
$42.00USD

Tasted blind, I thought this was a Châteauneuf du Pape.  It had a lot less acidity than I might have expected but such is blind tasting.  The wine itself was much better than my blind tasting abilities.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, some black cherries, spice, black licorice and slight floral notes.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is drinking well.  Medium tannins.  Plenty of black cherry fruit with some licorice on the finish.  It drinks well on its own and would work nice with a pizza.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  

2011 Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Served blind, I was able to successfully guess Barolo but not without some consternation.  This hade all the earmarks of Nebbiolo but lacked the acidity one would normally expect in an Italian wine.  Still, it drinks very well at age ten.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, anise and a slight dried floral note.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, this is tannic.  Cherries with underlying "sticks and twigs".  Some level of complexity.  Good finish.  This seems a bit short of peak but it won't likely get better.  It should drink well for ten to twelve more yea

2016 Mauro Molino Barbera d'Alba Legattere, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Everytime I drink a Barbera likes this I think I need to drink more Barbera.  This is outstanding and while this vintage is mostly gone, newer vintages are good and sell for under $40.  Deep garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries, black cherries, anise and baking spices.  Medium bodied.  A nice backbone of acidity.  Light tannins.  On the palate, fresh pure black cherry fruit with some spice.  Long finish.  This is made for food and will work great with pasta, mushrooms, and especially pizza.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  

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