Working though oceans of rain that have hammered central and northern Italy, the Giovani Promettenti landed in Langa to taste Barolo and Barbaresco (next year, we promise to add Roero!).
This morning at 9:00 sharp Carlo Macchi, with Luciano Pignataro, Kyle Phillips, Roberto Giuliani, Stefano Tesi and Pasquale Porcelli arrived at the offices of the Consorzio Barolo Barbaresco, Alba Langhe e Roero, where the tasting was held.
In all we expect to taste about 230 wines, 80 of which are Barbaresco, almost all from the 2009 vintage, and the remainder 2008 Barolo. We started with the 2009 barbaresco, tasting 60 today, and here are our first impressions:
From the color standpoint we are seeing garnet ruby with more or less intense garnet overtones; thanks be to God that the dense hues of the past are now gone. In addition, wood use is better balanced and managed than it once was; Luciano Pignataro noticed this especially because in some parts of the south winemakers continue to spread way too much oak over their wines.
And now let’s discuss the 2009 vintage: we were not overwhelmed. Fairly ripe noses, that were in many cases not well defined. Nice palates, but all too often the tannins were rustic, while high alcohol contents dried the mouth without providing balance or harmony. In short, we found little tannic finesse, and a lack of substance and balance.
However, there were some gems (there always are), and here are those that we all found worthy to be called IGP selections. After each day’s tasting we will print the wines that we as a group found noteworthy, and we will then publish our personal notes and impressions individually.
Here we go, in random order:
- Barbaresco 2009 Tulin, Pelissero
- Barbaresco 2009 Nubiola, Pelissero
- Barbaresco 2009 Antichi Poderi dei Gallina
- Barbaresco 2009 Pajè, Boffa Carlo
- Barbaresco 2009 Ca’ du Rabajà
- Barbaresco 2009 Asy, Ceretto
- Barbaresco 2009 Tre Stelle, Cascina delle Rose
- Barbaresco 2009 Castello di Verduno
- Barbaresco 2009 Piazzo Armando
We repeat again, these are the wines that we all found noteworthy; we will soon publish our personal notes as well on our respective sites.
In closing we want to thank Albesia and the Consorzio for hosting us, having collected the samples, and having organized the tasting. Speaking of hospitality, we’re in the beautiful Brezza Hotel http://www.hotelbarolo.it in Barolo, facing Barolo’s castle and surrounded by vineyards…