Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo 1997

Barolo is wonderful wine, especially when given a few years to ruminate. When aged Barolo loses some of its big tannic muscle, but gains smoothness and elegance. This decade old Einaudi Barolo was made in a traditional style by one of my favourite Piemontese producers.

Integrated flavours of blackberry, earth, leaf, and tobacco seduced my palate. The nose was well structured, but perhaps a bit tight given the fantastic flavours to follow. A velvety smooth texture and true extension and length provided a full bodied experience. Surprisingly elegant, but not at all dull or mild. Well integrated acidity kept this enticing over an entire evening. A great example of this style of wine making.

$90 at BCLDB

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