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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Italy update 4

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, May 13, 2009.

It's late here in Alba and today was a very busy day with the early morning tasting focusing on the wines of La Morra, Verduno and Castiglione Falletto. Lots of nice wines today and certainly a more promising group that yesterdays wines from Barolo. I haven't had time to go through my notes but after the tasting I did take a look at some of my highest rated wines, Brovia, Vietti , Marcarini and of course last years star Oddero all faired very well.

Notes will be coming soon but I just don't have enough time in the day to get them up now. After a light lunch we headed over for a visit with Oddero. The wines at this venerable estate are really better than ever and even in the challenging 2005 vintage they managed to put together a great line-up. the Rocche seemed to be the star of this years line-up, last year I preferred both the Brunate and the Bussia.

While at Oddero we got to sample a few back vintage wines. The 2001 Mondoca di Bussia is evolving slowly but with wonderful freshness and excellent length. really a very fine, cool crisp style of Barolo with a decidedly floral, dried herb tone to it.

Even better was the 1999 Mondoca di Bussia, man this stuff is seamless. It is darker and more muscular than the 2004 and perhaps lacks some of that vintage's elegance but he expression of fruit, soil and spice tones is so perfectly balanced with the ripe, powerful structure that I couldn't stop tasting this wine. I swallowed it, and after spitting 100 wines that's saying something. If you find some at a good price buy it!

After visiting Oddero we headed up to the Enoteca regional of La Morra for a retrospective tasting of the wine from La Morra, Verduno and Castiglione, 2004 and 1999. There were lots of lovely wines being shown and even more lovely producers. it was great to be able to touch base with so many familiar faces. I really need to go through my notes to find specific standout buts suffice it to say that the 2004's were fresh, crisp and elegance with excellent transparency while the 1999's have very ripe fruit and rich, intense structures built as much on acid as on tannin. They well be classic wines in due time while the 2004s remain approachable and with their precise balance are no doubt destined for a long life as well.

After the tasting we headed off for a walk through a small section of La Morra's vineyards. We walked up to the Conca d'Anunziatta from which you can spin around and see vineyards like Arborina, Gattera, Montanello, Monrpivato, Bric del Fiasc, Villero, Preda, Cannubi and Rocche dell'Annunziata. On the way back to La Morra village for dinner we parked the car and strolled through Rocche dell'Annunziata before heading to dinner, another great meal.

After dinner it was back to the lobby of the Hotel in Alba where I sit, at 1:30 am typing this! I have to run to bed since I'll be up in 6 hours for another day tasting 100 wines and while I won't be fresh I at least want to be awake. Monforte and Serralunga are on the list for tomorrow. I'll need all the rest I can get.

Ciao for now!


Reply by Eric Guido, May 13, 2009.

Thanks Greg

Any early impressions on the Vietti wines?

Reply by Franz Schneider, May 14, 2009.

Puhh ... every day 100 of more wines from several wineries .. don´t put to much stress to yourself ... try to hold on just for a moment and enjoy the gorgeous hills, terrific wines and the nice people living in Piedmont!
Cheers Franz

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