Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Great 1989 Barolo tasted 1/2014

4. Poderi Rocche Manzoni Valentino Barolo Riserva (1989)

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Aromatically this is just beautiful, filled with focused licorice, herb, and bitter aromas of chinato, rhubarb and beet root with a hint of vanilla and a wonderful sweet edge to the slightly candied, herb inflected black cherry fruit. Opening with a slightly creamy edge that is followed by big biter black fruits, this then turns austere and medicinal in the mouth with bitter cherry, prune and carob flavors driving through the modest finish. I love the complexity here, though the flavor profile and touch of oak might not appeal to many. It’s nicely balanced with a nice tannic bite on the backend. Feminine in a voluptuous way. 93pts
 
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