Tag: Piedmont

Orsolani Casa di Vinicola Spanna Nebbiolo 1976, Piedmont, Italy

This 46 year old Nebbiolo from Piedmont, is still drinking nicely, although definitely past its peak.

Cherry in color with a wide reddish rim.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing cherries, brine, raspberries, currants, plums, bacon, earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, light forest floor, must, black pepper and vinaigrette.

I didn’t decant it, which was a good idea, as it did not last longer than an hour.

Good by itself, and better with food. I paired it with carpaccio.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

85 points.

Montaribaldi Palazzina Barbaresco DOCG 2017, Italy

Reddish in color with medium intensity and a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, raspberries, strawberries, sweet spice, earth, light herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Very dry on the palate with sweet strawberries, cherries, raspberries, spices, earth, dark chocolates, black pepper and herbs.

Tangy finish with huge tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a young Barbaresco from Italy. Needs 3 to 5 years to mature, and calm down a bit.

Looks lighter than it feels.

Not an easy drinking wine right now, but some bottle time will fix all that.

A good quality wine that would continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

This 5 year old is a good food wine, that I paired with pizza.

Aged in new French oak barrels for 22 months. A small production of only only 10,000 bottles.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.


La Spinetta Pin Monferrato Rosso 1998 Piedmont, Italy

Deep ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with red and black fruits, light oak, spices, chocolates, licorice, bitter vegetables, light forest floor, earth, light vinaigrette, tobacco and black pepper.

Huge grippy tannins on the finish, with tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon from Piedmont.

This 24 year old drinks very much like a young wine with huge tannins.

Very tasty now and needs an hour to open up. Showing great complexity at this point.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with food. After an hour of airtime this becomes a beast.

Feels like a 10 year old Super Tuscan. Feels very young and does not show its age at all. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Robert Parker 91 points.

A blend of 50% Nebbiolo, 30% Barbera, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 20 months in all new French oak barrels.

13% alcohol by volume.

91 points.