Dardi Le Rose, Bussia 2015 DOCG
Friday dinner at home, with a couple of friends. The menu includes beef fillet with green pepper sauce, so nothing better than a Barolo. This nectar is (obviously) a 100% Nebbiolo grapes planted in subzone of Bussia. The vines, with south/southwest exposure, have been planted between 1970 and 1985. The harvesting took place in the second and third week of October. The maceration on the skins lasted for 12/15 days at a maximum temperature 30° C, complete malolactic fermentation before winter. Then the wine was put at sleep in spring, and it has a 24/28 months napped in in oak barrel. Salute!
In the glass the wine has a charming garnet colour. The intensity is pale.
The perfume of a good Barolo makes me always smile. This one is particularly elegant. The aroma intensity is medium plus. Notes of red wild fruits bewitch the nostrils. The scent of violet and rose gives a feminine touch to aromatic bouquet, while the sharpness of black pepper and alcohol preserved fruits makes it more vibrant. There are also balsamic hints of eucalyptus and grass. As secondary, there is a light vanilla, cloves, cedar and a bit of toast. While the tertiaries are quite bucolic and autumnal, remembering the earth, forest floor, mushroom and game.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are high. The alcohol is high (14%) and gives a pleasant warm wave. The flavour intensity is pronounced, with the red fruit being more rounded and succulent. There are also charming notes of dry flowers, a refreshing eucalyptus and a touch of liquorice. As secondary, there are also flavours of coffee, dark chocolate and charred wood. The tertiaries have a pleasant bitter taste, with notes of stewed fruits, wet stones, tobacco and a hint of tar. The finish is long.
It is a nice wine ticking all the boxes. It is good to drink already now, but it would wise to keep and forget a couple of bottles in the cellar. I particularly enjoyed its perfumes and the astringent sensation left on the palate at every sip. It is perfect to wash down the beef fillet, but personally I like it the most by its own.
Final vote: 91
Price: c£45 at Whole Foods