An extravagant choice for a Tuesday perhaps but there are two sound reasons behind it. The first being, I cooked a venison and bean ragu yesterday which, to my mind, always tastes better the day after and which deserved a good wine to pair with it…
…anyway, medium ruby with an amber rim. The expected nose of pot pourri, red fruits, strawberries and cherries in the main, and a pleasing whiff of drying hot tar makes repeated sniffing impossible. Similar impressions on tasting, deep and complex flavours, medium body, fresh acidity to balance and lift and some ripe furry tannins to structure. Those tannins were a bit tongue curling to begin but with an hours air are now merely grippy Its subtle depth, complexity, and long savoury red fruited finish makes it stand out from my usual midweek choice of a Langhe Nebbiolo. I feel like a lucky man right now !
Er, the second reason being, after a brief audit of my Barolo / Barbaresco stocks, I realised, taking into account my usual rate of consumption of three to four bottles a year, I had enough to last until I was in my early 80’s. Of course, this is exactly the kind of first world problem I’m more than happy to resolve !
All the best everyone, especially the workers amongst you.