La Pieve Barolo 2008, Docg
A firmly tannic Nebbiolo-based wine that is an excellent choice for the cellar (5-6+ years), and then enjoyable for a decade after. It’s a terrific value for Barolo to boot. Lovely aromas of redcurrant, marzipan, leather and black tea. Dry with very good aroma replays on the palate that sits patiently behind the tannins. This will blossom beautifully in time. (VINTAGES panel, May 2012)
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Community Reviews (8)
I don't know what exactly I'm smelling or tasting, but the wine is wonderful. An intriguing, complex flavour, grippy tannins, bitter taste that lingers forever. Great match with flat-iron steak.
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Such great contrasts in this wine. Big fruit and smoked herbs and spice balanced by sharp acids and tannic grit. A real pleasure to drink and just about perfect as a match to the umami euphoria of a medium rare ribeye.
To my taste, this Barolo is a bit modern leaning, with noted flavours of sweet oak amidst the red fruit (sour cherries, cranberry). Luckily, the oak does not overwhelm the character of the nebbiolo. Tannin is softening, making this wine quite enjoyable to drink now or to hold another 3-5 years. $28.95 on release was decent value (subsequently reduced to a stellar $21.25). Tasted OCt 2014.