Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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8. Bruno Giacosa Barolo Collina Rionda Riserva (1990)

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First impressions on the nose are of a touch of heat a bit of VA, and a roasted edge to the classic floral, fresh leather and cinnamon tones, there is a note of mustiness which increases before fading and a general sense of a lack of freshness, not so much on it's own but in comparison with it's younger breathern. This starts of, not surprisingly, tough and tannic with an edge of caramellato, roasted plum fruit and bitterness to the tannins. The bitterness hightens the impression of licorice but the palate is a bit muddled and indistinct across the middle though the finish shows fine balance and detail. The palate gains a bit of meatiness and with substantial time in the glass gains more sweet, red cherry fruit and hot asphal though there is something lacking for me here as the wine has great depth and body but not much complexity. That of course is picking flyshit out of pepper as my Mother might say as on an ordinary night this would be WOTN but tonight pales in comparison. Some of the issue is the character of the 1990 vintage which biases me against this wine but I also think there might have been something slightly off here.
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