Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Cordero di Montezemolo Monfalletto Barolo, 2014

Thanks to the Coravin wine preservation system, Trattoria Stella in Traverse City is able to offer this excellent Barolo as a wine by the glass. At $16.50 for a seven-ounce pour ($66 for a full bottle), it was a great value.

Deep garnet; probably has seen some new as well as neutral oak barrels. There is nothing lost, though, in the aromas and flavors. Straight from the bottle, the aromas are powerful: dark cherry, flowers, spice and licorice. I know that Barolo requires significant aging, but there is something very exciting about the smells and flavors of a relatively young bottle. Same on the palate. Incredible power and intensity. Yes, there are plenty of tannins, but they are ripe and coat the mouth with pleasure. Lots of potential on the finish. Surpringly, we noted that tannins became more noticeable after the wine aired in the glass for 10 to 15 minutes. With a few more years in the bottle, I am sure that process will be reversed.

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