Friday, April 2, 2021

Elio Sandri Barbera d'Alba Superiore, 2012

This is a big and very good Barbera d'Alba, albeit one with a possible flaw.

Deep and dark. Beautiful smells from the moment the cork is popped. Almost like a Nebbiolo: flowers, dark cherries. A touch of black licorice on the palate. Big, tannic structure, good body and fruit concentration. Good flavors of dark cherry and spice on the finish but also an off note that was more noticeable on the first night before the wine had proper aeration. On the second night, I aerated for about an hour and then decanted and that helped a lot. Even so, I tasted a slight metallic edge that might be brett or another flaw. I can live with it but will drink remaining bottles sooner rather than later.

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