NV Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Score: 
85
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

Light yellow/silvery gold in color.  Slight froth with smallish bubbles.  No real nose, but with air a slight pine note comes out.  On the palate, this is sweet and not cloying though very sweet.  Nice minerality.  Long, long finish.  This will work as a cocktail or as a dessert wine.  Salty foods would probably be best.  

2012 Cantine Giacomo Ascheri Barolo, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

Ruby in color.  The nose has cherries, slight cranberries, with slight dried roses.  On the palate, this has light tannins.  Cherries, dried cherries and slight roasted earth.  A nice finish.  This is lighter in style for a Barolo and not as deep.  It is, however, drinking well right now.  Good acidity.  Needs some food to pull it together.  

1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba, Italy, Piedmont

Vintage: 
1996
Score: 
99
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$650.00USD

The last Bruno Giacosa was one of the premier producers in Barolo.  Sadly, he passed away a couple years ago.  The top wines he made were given a red label and Riserva status.  This bottle is still youthful but it is drinking great.  Purple, ruby rim.  Still looks quite young.  Tight nose; cherries, slight tea leaves and dried roses.  A bit of tar.  Just the slightest bit of VA with air, which is good as it ends up bringing out the aromatics.  Delicious on the palate.  Tight layers of cherries, cherry candy, anise and earth.  Firm but manageable tannins.  Finish goes on forever.  Needs anot

2010 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This was pop and pour and it needed more air.  Of course very young, but still, this was excellent.  Ruby in color.  The nose has cherries, floral notes and slight tar.  On the palate, this is tannic.  Fresh acidity cuts across the tannins though revealing nice cherry fruit.  Showing some tight layering already. Great mouthfeel.  Of course, this begs for some hearty food.  Even more, another ten years in a good cellar should show some improvement.  

2014 Gabriele Scaglione Langhe Nebbiolo Passeggiando in Vigna. Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Deep ruby in color with brown tinges to it.  On the nose, this has nice cherries with a bit of tar/anise.  It has strong tannins on the palate.  Cherry fruit but a pretty strong green streak.  There is plenty of depth.  Good acidity.  This begs for food, both to calm the tannins and the green streak.  It is very good though and at $18, this is fairly priced.  It will be interesting to try the 2015 to compare.

2016 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Light silvery gold in color.  The nose is nice with great minerality.  Also some pears.  On the palate, this is slightly oily.  Nice undertones of minerals.  Some apple/pear.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This would work with a wide variety of lighter to medium foods.  Drinks surprisingly well on its own too.  A bit pricey for an Arneis but this is one of the better ones.  $30 retail.  

 

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