Tasting 2001 Barolo
What happens when you challenge the wine gods?
Flight 5 - Brunate
This is savory and complex on the nose with layers of leather, celery seed, and umami rich dried ham aromas but not much fruit. Smooth and powerful in the mouth, this is a shiny wine but at the same time it’s packed with nicely earth framed dark wild berry fruit in a muscular style. It’s a bit short and turns a bit oaky on the backend but it’s drinking awfully well tonight. 90pts
Clean and focused on the nose but the aromas are weirdly of dark poppy seed paste and shoe polish. A bit smooth and anonymous in the mouth with a dark extracted feel and flavors of coffee bean, blackberry fruit, and toasty spice that are short and chunky in the mouth. 84pts
A bit sweet and meaty on the nose with plenty of nutty, espresso toned oak but this is also rather large scaled and complex with dark cherry fruit, menthol and floral accents. Smooth and chewy in the mouth this is big and deep with lots of earthy black cherry fruit that shows a lovely brightness and tension in the mouth with a long earthy finish that does show just a hint of bitterness. This should just get better. 92pts
Dark carob, jellied black fruit,and dusty minerality greets the nose. Round and just a little sweet in the mouth this offers up attractive fruit that has a little figgy edge to it along with a nice mineral note working as a contrasting note. Pretty packed with tannin and showing a touch of heat on the finish. Interesting if not as well balanced as some, this could improve. 88pts
High toned on the nose with sweet oak, coffee, and caramel aromas along with a touch of VA. Lean, focused and pure in the mouth this is tight and mineral, and packed with tannin today but you can get a sense of the fruit here.This is young and still pretty raw with dark red cherry fruit that peeks out a bit on the modest finish which is a bit chunky and short due to the tannins. A real disconnect with the overtly modern nose. This seems to have everything in place to improve. 86pts