Sunday, May 23, 2021

Tenuta Tamburnin Freisa d'Asti, 2015

Freisa is a close cousin of Nebbiolo, and a very attractive cousin, indeed. It has many of the traits of Barolo and Barbaresco, but, because it is not as well known, it often comes at a lower price...if you can find one.

Medium light ruby/garnet. Oh, wow! Rose petals, dark cherries, cinnamon and black licorice. Very Nebbiolo. More dark cherries on palate, deep and concentrated. For some reason, the flavors seem more forward right after the cork is pulled than later, after aeration. Some furry tannins are covering up some of the best flavors, though. As with Barolo, ample acidity to accompany the tannins and ensure longevity.

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