This is a well-endowed Barolo with a powerful, intense nose of creamy vanillin oak, smoked meats and cassis. Rich black cherry, cedar, pepper and herbs all mingle in the mouth, which displays a full, very suave feel. Long, layered finish with licorice notes. Appealing already, but best after 3 to 5 more years.
This is a warm, earthy interpretation of Barolo with seductive aromas of black fruit, cured meats, white mushroom, ash and blue flowers. The wine shows character and power with firm, full tannins and fleshy fruit flavors. Pair it with succulent meat or aged cheese.
This delivers a very lively and plush quality of ripe blackberry, leather, tobacco, cola and cigar box. The mouthfeel is bold, soft and velvety. Keep this wine in your cellar for five years or more.
Gruppo Italiano Vini’s take on Moscato d’Asti delivers the goods with confidence and character. White flowers, peach and honey are beautifully integrated with a frothy mousse and acidity for that difficult-to-achieve balance between sweet and sour. Imported by Prestige Wine Imports Corp.
This oak-influenced Barbera manages to nicely integrate the tartness of fresh fruit with the vanilla and spices imparted by oak aging. Cherries mingle with cinnamon, clove and vanilla, with a proper amount of acidity on the finish. Decent value, too.
A big, ripe wine with a nice personality, there is plenty to like about this wine, and is easygoing enough and versatile enough to be a perfect candidate for a restaurant wine. The nose shows chocolate raspberry truffles, and a touch of oak. On the palate, the same attractive notes and a decent finish. An obvious but very attractive wine.
Very ripe, with aromas of milk chocolate and molasses. The palate seems heavy, but despite such weight it offers some nice plum and berry flavors. The only problem here is mouthfeel: The wine seems on the heavy side, possibly a bit overripe in what was a very ripe and forward vintage. And ultimately the finish has no staying power.