Saturday, November 29, 2008

Boroli Langhe Anna Rosso, 2005

From Langhe (in Piedmont), you would expect a Nebbiolo-based wine, and the 2005 Anna has 29% Nebbiolo plus 17% Barbera. But it's the Cabernet (31%) and Merlot (23%) that stand out in the aromas and flavors.

It's a medium to light ruby, and the aromas introduce a reserved, austere personality. It smells dry, and it is. But the subtle smells and flavors just keep coming at you from different directions. Pleasantly astringent but still good fruit and herb traits, similar to a good Claret but with a distinctively Italian flair. This wine and Aglianico (above) are about as different as two wines can get. And I like them both.

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