Piedmont, Italy

Cantina del Signore

La Crotta Spanna Coste della Sesia Nebbiolo 2019

N: Alpine woodland wonderland, it’s like bark, leaves, sous bois, with cherries lurking in the background. Some star anise and cinnamon.
P: Light textured but definitely chewy, strong in the mouth and long. Nebbiolo indeed. Tannins to burn with faint tar and lots of umami, savoriness. Gamy,
delicious. I’ve had it open for a couple of hrs. waiting on more. Later, dried rose petals in cherry liqueur. Second day, much softer.Lots of shoe leather (worn) on the nose.
Thanks @ FassSelections
— 2 days ago

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Lyle Fass

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really good

Giacomo Conterno

Riserva Monfortino Barolo Nebbiolo 1990

I am on a bad streak. This was completely underwhelming. Did a careful decant and tried it every hour for the first 6 hours. It just didn’t wish to cooperate. Got better in hour 4 but was just not that interesting. As a mature wine it did t have the focus or intensity I expected. I haven’t tried this producer at this aging but I was expecting much more based on the reviews for the vintage. Not spoiled and not raisiny but just too inward without any bang. We shall try again! — 5 days ago

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Luciano Sandrone

Dolcetto d'Alba 2015

Almost 4 years since my last btl and this is just singing. On the nose: brambly blackberry and dark cherry, smoked herbs. On the palate: fantastic, juicy acidity, lovely density, more savory herbs and blackberry and black cherry. Tannin completely attenuated on the juicy finish. — 7 days ago

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Vietti

Derthona Colli Tortonesi Timorasso 2018

Good white but is it textbook? Too new to know for this grape in Piedmont. Loads of SO2 as @Cathy Corison noted, let this blow off in a decanter in the fridge for an hour or shake it before you pour it! — 7 days ago

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Vigneti Massa

Montecitorio Derthona Colli Tortonesi Timorasso 2017

A wine that will divide the crowd
Valter Massa is the king of the timorasso
He has made the history for this grape variety and i was very curious to taste this new( to me) label
Wine needed a little warm up after coming out from the fridge before expressing all its complexity, even the fruit you couldn't taste when too cold
Colour is golden although had no oak ageing
Eventually we find peach and papaya very pronounced(perhaps mango?), but not overripen
Flinty, very mineral, a bit gingery, white pepper, coriander seeds and marvellous length
It might be seeming not too dry for someone, but to me it found a balance and i enjoyed it a lot
Very unusual, you have to be curious
— 4 days ago

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Domenico Clerico

Percristina Barolo Nebbiolo 2007

Notes of vanilla oak, chocolate, ripe cherry and roses. Same on the medium weight palate palate with those grainy persistent tannins. Oak on Barolo doesn’t seem right but it is nice, hint of menthol. Reminiscent of fruit and nut milk chocolate - a personal favourite. Some astringency to finish off. One of the 1001 wines - bought this in Alba, Piedmont about 8 years ago. Clerico believes that prudent use of new oak can round out Barolo’s harsh edges and enhance the flavour profile. After a few hours in the decanter the tannins became typically Barolo - powdery fine and persistent. Galloni said that Percristina is the only Barolo still made with 100% new oak and is now taking a direction that increasingly stands apart from the other Baroli here. — 12 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Great wine, still holding some 99's.
Bob McDonald

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Just looked up your 1999. Time is on your side with the Drinking Window I read being 2010 to 2025.
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Thanks. For a guy with too much wine, long drinking windows are my friend.

Giacomo Conterno

Cascina Francia Barolo Nebbiolo 2009

I usually just live this producer and also this vintage. This bottle was slightly off. Still good but less robust than usual. Great color at the rims and a wonderful bouquet but it never quite got out of second gear. — 6 days ago

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Azienda Agricola La Ca'Nova

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2018

My new love is Barbaresco. I’ve recently become friends with a few guys down the block who own and work at a wine shop in the West Village.

From time to time, they enjoy opening up a couple of bottles on slower days like Sunday eves. One night, we tasted an amazing Barbaresco. That’s the thing with wine, the longer you learn, the pricier your taste gets.

This isn’t quite the same level of bottle we had opened, but as an entry at about $40, it’s something I can open up on a casual Thursday night.

The crushed rose petals are there, but it’s muted by a bit more of a soil-forward bouquet.

I see the similarities, but it’s lacking in a bit of elegance that can come in a level or two higher.

A bit more tannins than acidity. It’s out of balance. I think I’ve been spoiled because I’ve had a great example. But this is still fine Italian wine, happy to be drinking it.
— 8 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Fully agree on the learning, to price curve ratio...

Arnaldo Rivera

Undicicomuni Barolo Nebbiolo 2016

A complex effort, fruit from 10 vineyards across the appellation, no other winery does that with Nebbiolo, watercolor design on label portrays the shape of these vineyard sites. Ruby with rich bouquet of fruit, spices, leather, and chocolate. On the palate flavors of cherry and ripe raspberry with notes of cinnamon and cacao. Long finish, nice balance with fine firm tannins ending with earthy sweet notes. Enjoyable, will get better! — 2 days ago

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Gillardi

Cursalet Dolcetto di Dogliani 2019

Lyle Fass
9.3

I adore this Dolcetto. Nose is blackberries, leather, blueberries and smoke. Super aromatic. Layered and so pure. Just terrific. Palate is a masterful blend of ripe blackberry fruit that is super juicy and just bursting with tiny berry fruit intensity and so much flavor but backed by a strong mineral component. Not a better Dolcetto for the money. Remarkable wine. Can age for a decade. — 10 days ago

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