Saturday tasting. This week has matured #Nebbiolo tasting of Oddero 1967 #Barolo and Borgogno 1982 #Barbaresco#Riserva .
#Oddero was full of matured characters like dry flower and dry prune, hawthorn but still energetic and kept evolving with full body, refreshing acidity and smooth tannins.
#Borgogno was delicate with concentration. Some matured characters but still young and fresh fruit dominated. It showed solid structure and fine tannins.
Drinking some 2012 GD Vajra Langhe Riesling "Petracine" in the back yard with my Muir Beach Sunset spice-rubbed barbecue pork chops and corn on the cob dinner. Couldn't do better than that. I wrote this about the wine when it was first released in 2014. "Sometimes you just need something to get you through the end of the day. A day when it was too hot. A day when you just felt kind of low. A day that needed a pick me up at the end. Well, this is the wine.
Made from Riesling planted almost thirty years ago now by Aldo Vaira from cuttings from the vineyard of Marcel Deiss, this is the wine that I just really needed to have at the end of my day. Aromas of peaches and honeysuckle and a little petrol with piercing acidity and tart flavors of freshly picked grapes and a completely dry long finish.
I am smitten. Aldo Vaira always says that Riesling is a great wife for Barolo in the Langhe and I would agree. This wine is so complete and utterly delicious, that it took my mind off of all the petty problems of the day and brought me directly into the present. I was in the moment. And I could relax a little and enjoy the food in front of me." Well, now that piercing acidity has mellowed with a little bit of age and what you have is the beginning of a great period for this wine. The next dozen or so years this wine is going to keep evolving and every time I drink it I will be reminded to live in the moment, again.
“It's vacationtime for the winemakers and what better way to celebrate their time off with the delicious 2016 Azelia Dolcetto Bricco dell'Oriolo.
High altitude - old vines, food friendly acidity, the trademark bitterness, lovely nose and the red fruit, blackberry and sweet spices is just great.
So fresh to drink right now slightly chilled - and will age well for some years. 🍷🍷🍷
Molto bene 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼”