This Barbaresco made a good companion to the Arione Barolo (below), highlighting the distinctions between the two appellations as well as individual variations in style and vintage.
The Barbaresco is slightly lighter (and more amber) in color but still in line with how mature Nebbiolo should be showing. The bouquet has less exuberance than that of the Barolo; licorice and dark tones are more noticeable. More delicacate on the palate than the Barolo, lighter body and seemingly less alcohol.(Actually, both are 13.5%.) But lots of action on the finish. At least as complex. And on the second night, after the wines have be re-corked, this is clearly superior to the Barolo--a very positive sign.
This is the third bottle of 1995 Ca Rome Marengo Barbaresco I have had over the past two years, and I have been happy with each. Sorry to see it go.