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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... Read more
With this vintage we really change gears into a mature wine with it's gloriously open nose redolent of coffee, dark tobacco, and very ripe dark fru... Read more
This wine was everything I ever wanted in a glass of Barolo. It was sweet yet sour, earthy yet fruity and rich yet with razor-like focus. The nose ... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Bruno Giacosa Barolo Collina Rionda Riserva
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.
With this vintage we really change gears into a mature wine with it's gloriously open nose redolent of coffee, dark tobacco, and very ripe dark fruits turning smokier and earthy through the meal before adding an intriguing and unusual spicy note of black olive. Relatively resolved in the mouth with spicy red fruits rounded out with just a tone of musk all complimented well with typical anise and tar notes. The finish here is very long and reveals great cherry fruit which creeps back on to the palate with time. Texturally the palate is starting to show signs of loosing integrity, the tannins popping a bit out of the seamless integration with the fruit and the acidity lingering exposed on the back end though supporting wonderfully complex finale fo rhubarb and pomegranite seeds. A lovely wine open, giving, and at peak though not the best of this particular bottling.
This wine was everything I ever wanted in a glass of Barolo. It was sweet yet sour, earthy yet fruity and rich yet with razor-like focus. The nose showed masses of ripe red berries with hot dried spices, gravelly moist earth, mushroom and hints of green stems. On the palate, this showed silky, sweet, ripe strawberry yet it also had a savory warmth, full with earth, menthol and leather strap on a beautifully structured frame. It was amazing how young the Collina Rionda seemed as silky tannin washed across the palate and soothed me into a long, seductive finish that begged for the next sip.
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