E. Pira di Chiara Boschis, Barolo DOCG Cannubi, Piemonte, Italy, 2009
This wine: lot No. L26912 (on front label), varietal nebbiolo, fermented in stainless steel, then matured for 2 years in 30% new lightly toasted 2000 litre French oak, bottled unfiltered, and aged for 1 year before release, so this is a Barolo normale, coated 50mm natural cork closure, 14% abv, BBR, £50.67 (09/13)
Consumer tasting note: unmistakably nebbiolo, with high acidity and tannins, and warming alcohol. Typically pale(ish) garnet in hue, lightly toasty and spicy, with notes of rich red berries and kirsch, black liquorice, cedar, menthol and a delicate floral whiff; full bodied with fresh acidity and strident yet fine grained tannins, with a palate of black cherry and warm liquorice, dried fruit and herbs. A food wine. A sound long length.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 4-6 years – Wait. No need to decant, but there will be sediment.
WSET style tasting note (Coravin sample)
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity garnet, showing tears [a level teaspoon of soft slightly granular sediment]
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of spice, low-key toast, red currant, kirsch, candle wax, cumin, warm black liquorice, almond oil, a delicate floral whiff, a sugary confected nuance, cedar, minty/menthol, dried cranberry, leaf humus, and dried rose bud from a drying empty glass.
Palate: dry, high acidity, ripe fine grained high tannins, medium (+) alcohol, full body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black cherry, black liquorice, toast and cedar, candle wax, dried cranberry, hint of prune, hint of dried herbs. A long length (>30s), with a clean tannic finish infused with black cherry edged with cedar, and crushed cherry pit.
Quality: very good, well balanced fresh acidity and high yet fine grained tannins with alcohol, suiting the flavour intensity and concentration; showing a strong intensity throughout, with similar concentration; a strong fully developed complexity, with evidence of time in wood (cedar, cumin, spice, toast) and bottle (almond oil, cedar, cherry pit, dried flowers, dried herbs, wax). Follows into a sound long length. (With a bit more mid-palate intensity and concentration, this would have been outstanding).
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 4-6 years – a strong acid-tannin structure and balance, fully developed with a pleasing balance of a little primary fruit, secondary spice and low key toast, and burgeoning tertiary notes, with lots of intensity, concentration, complexity and indicative length.