Wednesday, November 28, 2007

1996 Mauro Molino, Barolo Vigna Concha, Piemonte, Italy

Finally the summer heat took a break, allowing us middle age alcoholics to get a glass of red wine. I made a pasta dish with fresh chanterelles and decided to have a Barolo. Wild nose with kirsch liqueur, dirt, smoke and a sizzling mid-core glycerin/camphor combo – simply great. At first, I was concerned about the glycerin taking control of the wine and making it become alcoholic dominant. But the vibrant kirsch combined with the rustic smoke more than added to the overall profile and made it balance. The taste is great, lots of Barolo acidity and sensational Italian warmth and plenty of life left. (94)

*Glass: Riedel Sommelier Burgundy Grand Cru.
*In this case this glass was fantastic – I tried an alternative glass, but no where near the same experience.

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