Barolo 2015 DOCG for Berry Bros & Rudd (London)
This nectar is a 100% Nebbiolo from vines planted between 1984 and 2000. The harvest happens in the middle October. The fermentation process takes place in concrete tanks and lasts around 25 days with daily pumping over of the wine mass. After that, the divine juices ages at least 18 months in 50hl large barrels of French oak from the Fontainebleau forest. Salute!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour with some garnet hues. The intensity is medium to pale.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. The fragrance of violet introduces a blaze of crunchy red fruits. The touch of black pepper and spices make the aromatic palette quite vibrant. As secondary notes, there are vanilla, cloves and a hint of toast. The tertiaries are really feeble.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are medium and extremely rounded. The nectar is pure velvet on the palate. The alcohol is high (14% abv) but extremely delicate, almost imperceptible. The red fruits are more succulent than at the nose. There is also a note of strawberry remembering me the chewing gum Big Babol. As secondaries, we taste a nice clove, a rich vanilla, a hint of dark chocolate, and coffee. The tertiaries are fine leather, earth, dried cranberry and a touch of game. The flavour intensity is medium plus, with a long lasting.
It is a nice Barolo extremely balanced and delicate. I would describe it as a piacione wine: everybody will like it; nobody will fall in love with it. The nectar lacks of complexity probably due to its young age. I enjoyed it much more by its own than to wash down the meal.
Final vote: 91
Price: £29.95 at Berry Bros & Rudd