Tight and powerful nose of funky barnyard, oak char and earth. Complex flavors of tobacco and bramble bush are intermixed with more basic cherry, chocolate and mint. An intellectual wine for Piedmont fans to ponder.
Decidedly not a powerhouse this vintage, the ’98 Colonnello is a pretty, relatively lightweight wine, displaying a range of aromas and flavors from cherries to cigarbox and dried spices. Drink now–2015.
Leather, earth and oak scents define the nose. The palate is razor sharp, featuring a blast of pie cherry and bitter chocolate. If red fruit is your bag, then by all means dig in. But the feeling here is that most folks will find this to be overly tart, almost sour. The acidity is piercing and the wine just isn’t that friendly.
Given this winery’s reputation and the quality of the ’98 vintage, this is disappointing. The fruit is unexpectedly tart, bordering on sour. Simply put, it’s lean as a twig, with the acidity too high. Desperately needs food.