Araldica, Flori, DOCG Barolo, Piemonte, Italy, 2011
This wine: varietal nebbiolo, 3 years ageing in oak botti, Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 14% abv, Ann et Vin, £13.75 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: entry level Barolo, some typical notes of cherry, rose and liquorice (which to my mind equates to sweet tar), quite complex with a tertiary dimension, but lacking somewhat in intensity and concentration. Decant for an hour or so.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity garnet, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of red cherry, toast and spice, cranberry juice, hints of farmyard and leather, herbes de provence, sweetly scented tea rose, a touch of raisin, baked red fruits, liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine grained medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a full body, a smooth texture, medium intensity, with flavours of red cherry, cranberry juice, red currant, toast and spice, with touches of oak and liquorice. A medium (+) length, with a stewed red berry and liquorice finish, with a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: a good quality wine, lacks intensity a little with acidity and alcohol, so not quite in harmony, modest throughout but with a redeeming ‘showing some complexity’ from time in oak and bottle with well-integrated oak, lifted by spicy red fruits and florality, fair concentration culminating in a decent length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: can drink now, has a sound structure but neither intensity, concentration nor indicative length to suggest improvement with further cellaring, nevertheless will hold for a year or two.