Subscribe to our mailing list

 

HOURS
Normal Hours:
Mon 9-7
Tues-Sat: 9-7:30

LABOR DAY
September 4, 2017
CLOSED

 

CABERNET VALUE

AMAZING ALBARIĐO

CAB DRIVER'S CARmenere

SOULFUL RED RHďNE

SURPRISINGLY GOOD TEN BUCK MERLOT

BIGFOOT CABERNET

COOL PORTUGUESE WHITE WINE

2007 VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE 

CIRO' BIANCO!

CHAMPAGNE DE
MERFY

A FIESTA OF A TEMPRANILLO

OBSCURE ITALIAN RED

CI┘ CI┘
PECORINO

COOL VERDEJO

FLASHY RED BORDEAUX

NEW STONY SANCERRE

MAN, OH MAN, WHAT A WINE!

ELEVEN BUCK
AMADOR ZIN

STYLISH WASHINGTON MERLOT

SLEEPER of A CHARDONNAY

SUSSUDIO ???

SARDINIAN WHITE

REMARKABLE PINOT

LAKE COUNTY ZIN

STELLAR NEW ARTISAN RIOJA

NICE LITTLE PINOT $9.99

STONY RIESLING

MARSELAN...A HYBRID OF CABERNET & GRENACHE

BEST BUYS
Good Wines for $5-$15

CASTEL├O BARGAIN

STELLAR BLAUFR─NKISCH ESTATE

CAMPANIAN DELIGHTS

COLORFUL ZIN

DOURO DYNAMITE

PORTUGUESE RED BARGAIN

GRAND SYRAH FROM AN UNUSUAL PLACE

WHITE BURGUNDIES OF NOTE

MARSANNE BARGAIN

CHERRYISH TUSCAN RED SALE $12.99

PROSECCO FOR ADULTS

BILLIONAIRE'S WINES UNDER $30!

BARGAIN WHITE BORDEAUX

PIERCINGLY GOOD
WHITE

TOP OF THE LINE
CREMANT

ANOTHER RULLY GOOD WHITE

RESERVE QUALITY RIOJA

BARBERA OF NOTE

SUPER VERONESE SALE $12.99

PIEMONTE'S GRAND VIN BIANCO?

DELICIOUS, FRESH ROS╔S

GREAT GRUNER VELTLINER

GOOD ELEVEN-BUCK CHIANTI

FLOWERY, CURIOUS RED

OLD FAVORITE KIWI SAUVIGNON IS BACK

OLD PATCH RED
ZIN BLEND

MONCUIT'S GRAND CRU CHAMPAGNE

HONEYED MUSCAT

SPICY 
GEW▄RZTRAMINER

Napa Valley Grape Info
2002

2010

Amazing FRENCH CIDERS

FIZZY LAMBRUSCO

 

 

HOME PAGE

AMERICAN WINES

CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS

RHONE WANNABEES

ZINFANDELS

SAUVIGNON BLANCS

MERLOTS

OREGON WINES

CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS

CALIFORNIA CABERNETS

RIESLING & GEWURZ

WASHINGTON STATE

CANADIAN WINES

Adventuresome  Wines

ROS╔S !!

FRENCH WINES
ALSACE
BEAUJOLAIS
RED BORDEAUX
WHITE BORDEAUX
RED BURGUNDY
WHITE BURGUNDY
RHďNE VALLEY
THE FRENCH ALPS
SOUTH OF FRANCE

LOIRE


CHAMPAGNE

 

ITALIAN WINES
PIEMONTE

VALLE D'AOSTA

NORTHERN ITALY

CENTRAL ITALIA

TUSCANY

SOUTHERN ITALIA


SPANISH WINES
Spanish Sherry
& Other Delights


PORTUGUESE WINES

SWISS WINES

GERMAN WINES

AUSTRIAN WINES

ARGENTINA

CHILE

AUSTRALIA

NEW ZEALAND

SOUTH AFRICA

OBSCURE WINES

DESSERT WINES

CHAMPAGNES

HALF-BOTTLES

SPIRITS

CIDERS

BEER
Even Real "Bud"!

OTHER STUFF

WINE TASTING

WHAT'S OPEN


UPCOMING TASTINGS

TASTING RESULTS
  
NEWSLETTER

SHIPPING INFO

ETC.

 

TASTING REPORTS

HOW TO ORGANIZE A BLIND-TASTING

BLIND TASTING ARCHIVE

MY 2013 EURO WINE ADVENTURE BOOK

CHATEAU MONTELENA
VERTICAL


ALBA WINES EXHIBITION 2007

ALBA WINES EXHIBITION 2008

SCHRAMSBERG vs THE FAMOUS FRENCH

German Wine "Master Class" Tasting

UNIQUE VERTICAL TASTING OF VOLLRADS RIESLINGS
1945-2015


S & M FOR WINETASTING GEEKS

TEAR-WAH
TASTING

2017 SF
INTERNATIONAL
WINE 
COMPETITION

2016 SF
INTERNATIONAL
WINE COMPETITON

2015 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2014 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2013 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2012 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2011 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2010 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2009 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2008 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
Periodically Amazing

2007 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
The Nose Knows!

2006 SF INTERNATIONAL  WINE COMPETITION.
SPIT HAPPENS

2005 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION.

2004 SF WINE COMPETITION TASTING

The 2003 SF WINE COMPETITION

2002 SF WINE COMPETITION TASTING 

A Vertical Tasting of Nalle Zinfandels

 

 

ETC.

RANTINGS & RAVINGS

WINE ROADS of EUROPE

Food/Wine/Friends
A Photo Gallery

MASTER OF WINE ESSAY TOPICS

Old Bottles: A TASTE OF HISTORY

Bob's Venetian Diary

Bob's Paris Notes Updated Spring 2007

Wine Writer's Confession

NEW "CULT" WINERY

Some Restaurant Reviews

HOW TO SELL WINE.
Info For Brokers and
Wine Distributors.

HOW TO HOLD A TRADE TASTING

$100,000 WORTH OF WINE MARKETING ADVICE:  FREE!
Mainly for Foreign Vintners

MOLDY CORKS

Study Reveals Experts Taste More Than What's In the Glass!

OKANAGAN VALLEY WINE TOUR-2010

BRIAN'S 2005 SUMMER VACATION WITH UNCLE

Gerald's Tour de France 2006

GERALD'S TOUR DE FRANCE 2008

A TOUR OF PORTUGAL-2009

HOW TO SPEAK BETTER ITALIAN

PEDRONCELLI
90th ANNIVERSARY

PONZI'S 40th
ANNIVERSARY

ROOSEVELT'S 2005 CHILI COOK-OFF

ROOSEVELT'S 2007 CHILI COOK-OFF

Grape Goddess

Ross Bruce Birthday

ALESSIA DALL'U

FRANCESCA & CAROLA
CALLIGARO


CCIV

FAQs

BURLINGAME

Links


ALBA WINES EXHIBITION 2007
Page 2

2004 BARBARESCO
Barbaresco is made entirely of Nebbiolo and it's grown in the towns of Barbaresco, Neive, Treiso and part of San Rocco Seno d'Elvio.  Following January 1st of the year after the grape harvest, Barbaresco must be matured for two years, one of which must be in wood.  Some people consider it a "poor" little brother or sister to Barolo, which is curious since many top Barbaresco wines are the equal of Barolo.
It magically becomes a "Riserva" wine when it's 4 years old following that January 1st-after-the-vintage date.

To see a map of Barbaresco in Piemonte,
CLICK HERE

Famous wineries such as Gaja and Bruno Giacosa do not participate, but we still managed to find many very good wines.
These wines are rated on a three star scale and I've not included wines which were standard quality or "no stars" in my notes here...

ABRIGO (Orlando)
2004 Barbaresco
"Vigna Montersino"
Nicely expressive with good fruit fragrances and a mildly smoky note. I detected a faint note of tar.  Mildly tannic.  Good fruit and nice tannic structure.  2012-2020.
+
ABRIGO (Orlando)
2004 Barbaresco
"Vigna Rongallo"
This wine is a bit closed compared to Abrigo's Montersino bottling. I found nice depth and length, though the wine is a bit reticent presently.  Give this from 2012-2023+.
VALLEGRANDE
Cascina del Baio
2004 Barbaresco
"Valgrande"
Nice red fruit fragrances here are framed by mildly oaky tones with a hint of pencil shavings.  It's mildly floral and features a hint of rose petals.  I liked it's fruit focus and found the wood a pleasant bit of winemaking.  2012-2020
LA GANGHIJA
2004 Barbaresco
Some tasters may fault this for being a shade over-ripe, but I found it quite interesting.  Some stewed fruit aromas and a touch of marmalade with a hint of cloves.  The flavors are fruity and lightly spicy, too.  Distinctive.  It might not require long cellaring, but from now until 2015, or so, this should be quite enjoyable.
LA SPINETTA
2004 Barbaresco
"Vigneto Valeirano"
Light fruit on the nose with mildly woodsy tones, I found this wine to be resiny, stalky, stemmy and mildly reminiscent of rhubarb.  There's a hint of "tomato leaves" in this wine, too.  I don't find it especially flawed, but it's not as grand a wine as its reputation might lead one to expect.
Parenthetically, their "Vigneto Starderi" wine was stemmy and stalky, with notes of rhubarb and tomato leaves with a hint of caramel.  
???
MOLINO
2004 Barbaresco
"Teorema"

Showing some dark fruit aromas and light cherry notes, this is a medium-bodied, firm, moderately tannic Barbaresco.  It is a wine best cellared to allow it to blossom and develop in the bottle.  2012-2015.

NADA (Ada)
2004 Barbaresco
"Cichin"
Here's a schizophrenic wine...the aromas and bouquet are of a much older, more developed bottle.  Lots of tarry notes with leathery overtones.  It probably has a short lifespan, but will always be out of balance in terms of tannins and its obviously lack of fruit.  Still, for those who like old, funky bottles of Nebbiolo, this may have some appeal.
()
NADA (Ada)
2004 Barbaresco
"Valeirano"
Apparently the Nada style is that of very "old school" Nebbiolo wine.  This is less tarry on the nose than the Cichin bottling, but the overall family resemblance is quite apparent.  It has a bit more fruit and more potential for cellaring.  Not for everyone.
PELISSERO (Giorgio)
2004 Barbaresco
"Nubiola"
Good color, deep and bright, with nice fragrances of red and black fruits.  It's a sweetly-oaked wine, with notes of vanilla and caraway seeds on the nose. Good structure.  Firm.  Very deep on the palate with notes of melon and cherries.  Plenty of stuffing.  I really enjoyed this.  Now-2020, or so.
PERTINACE
2004 Barbaresco
"Vigneto Marcarini"
This wine has a nice nose showing light cherry fruit and a mildly dusty tone.  It's medium-bodied and a bit tannic, but seems to be a bit hollow or shallow.  It may develop a tad by 2012-2015, but it's not an especially grand wine.
PERTINACE
2004 Barbaresco
"Vigneto Nervo"
Nice cherry notes on the nose with some woodsy, forest-floor fragrances.  Loamy.  Medium-bodied, this wine is simply deeper and more intense than its sibling.  It has more in the mid-palate and is more flavorful.
RIZZI
2004 Barbaresco
"Pajore Suran"
Lots of sweet red berry aromas are in the foreground here, with a nice touch of wood in the back.  Good flavors and nice depth.  It will need from 2012-2017, or so.
RIZZI
2004 Barbaresco
"Nervo Fondetta"
Bright red fruit fragrances with some floral aspects to the nose.  Bright and fruity with nice cherry aromas.  Tannic.  Balanced, though.  2012-2017+.  Long finish.
to
VIGIN
2004 Barbaresco
"Noemy"
Very nice red fruit fragrances backed by some cedary tones and a touch of vanilla.  Floral.  Quite good on the nose, but it's a bit lean on the palate.  Should be a nice wine through 2015-2020. 
 
ANTICHI PODERI dei GALLINA
2004 Barbaresco
"Vigneto Gallina L'Ciaciaret"
The nose of this wine starts out a bit pungent and odd, but it seemed to clear up with a few minutes in the glass.  The wine is prettier on the palate, though, with a nice texture and some richness.  Needs time and probably a wine that's best decanted an hour or two before service.
FILIPPINO
2004 Barbaresco
"San Cristoforo"
Mild cherry fruit on the nose, this is brighter on the palate with good balanced and mild tannins.  Medium intensity, this is a pleasant Barbaresco for drinking from 2012-2017.
FILIPPINO
2004 Barbaresco
"Sori Capelli"
Nice berry fruit on the nose with some lightly woodsy tones and a hint of cedar.  Its flavor is of wood to start and it does have a woodsy element all through the palate, but I found enough fruit to balance the oak.  It has a nice, long finish, too.
2012-2017+.
FONTANABIANCA
2004 Barbaresco
"Sori Burdin"
Mildly vanillin fragrances on the nose are followed by sweet cherry aromas.  Good depth, this is a very nice wine.  Medium-bodied, it has good, fruity flavors and a proper balance of tannin.  2012-2017+.
GIACOSA FRATELLI
2004 Barbaresco
"Gianmate"
Some nice woodsy tones here with good cherry fruit.  Those same characteristics shine on the palate.  Nice now and for short-term cellaring.
LA CONTEA
2004 Barbaresco
"Ripa Sorita"
Light cherry fruit and a nice vanilla bean fragrance on the nose.  It's refined and elegant on the palate, with bright cherry and strawberry fruit.  The flavors have a bit of wood and a moderately tannic 'bite'.
MOCCAGATTA
2004 Barbaresco
"Basarin"
Hints of brown spices along with light cherry and some coffeeish, mocha notes.  Medium-bodied.  Nice tannic structure.  Drink now-2015.
NEGRO (Angelo)
2004 Barbaresco
"Basarin"
There's a nice cherry tone to the fruit here and a fair bit of wood...probably too much for old-timers.  Woodsy, oaky, but showing plenty of fruit.  It's got good flavors all over the palate, from start to finish.  Showy wine.  Now-2018.
to
RESSIA (Fabrizio)
2004 Barbaresco
"Canova"
Mildly vanillin notes...vanilla cream with nicely woodsy tones on the nose.  Medium bodied and mildly tannic...light berry fruit.  Now-2015.
RINALDI (Pietro)
2004 Barbaresco
"San Cristoforo"
Bright cherry fruit, this is a good, fresh, simple, clean, compact Nebbiolo.  Nice 2010-2015.
RIVETTI (Massimo)
2004 Barbaresco
"Froi"
Not exactly a classic, but this shows aromas of vanilla and marshmallow.  There's a nice cherry note on the nose and palate with a nice balance of tannin and fruit.
SAROTTO (Roberto)
2004 Barbaresco
"Gaia Principe"
Here's a very fine example which highlights the Nebbiolo cherry tones on the nose with lightly woodsy fragrances in the background.  There's also a light floral, rose tone...the wine is young, but has some aspects of a more mature wine on the palate.  Nice center and good length to its finish.  Now-2015.
SOTTIMANO
2004 Barbaresco
"Cotta"
Light cherry aromas and some mildly woody fragrances are prominent on the nose.  The flavors show nice oak and a dusty, tannic quality.  2010-2015+.
SOTTIMANO
2004 Barbaresco
"Fausoni"
The wood is quite apparent on the nose, with nicely oaky fragrances.  This is a medium-bodied, mildly tannic wine that needs a few years to 'fill out' and mature.  Good potential.  2012-2018.
TENUTA SAN MAURO
2004 Barbaresco
The nose shows a mildly floral element, but it's a bit quiet at this point.  The flavors are even better as the wine is lush and rich on the palate.  Nice fruit.  Complete.  Very good.
VIETTI
2004 Barbaresco
"Masseria"
A shade darker than most in its color, this shows mildly cherryish fruits and a whiff of oak.  It's a bit closed presently, though it did seem to open with aeration.  Woodsy, dark cherry fruit.  Elegant, intense and yet there's finesse here.  Tannic.  Good potential.  2012-2022.
CASCINA CASANOVA
2004 Barbaresco
"Sori Sartu"
Unmistakable as a Nebbiolo of old-school styling...intense, earthy and leathery, with some gamey, tarry notes on the nose.  Big, deep and dark...Concentrated and nice.  Tannic.  2012-2018.
to
TALIANO (Michele)
2004 Barbaresco
"Ad Altiora"
 I felt this wine was closed and quiet presently, but probably will start to blossom in a couple of years.  It shows some nice dark cherry aromas and has a fine, tannic structure.  Classic style.  2012-2020
BOFFA (Carlo)
2004 Barbaresco
"Vitalotti"
Though I liked their Casot bottling, I felt this Vitalotti was the superior wine.  It's more open and shows bright cherry and berry aroma.  Medium-bodied, mildly leathery and showing good cherry notes on the palate.  It's a bit coarse, but will do well from 2015-2020. 
to
CA' DEL BAIO
Cascina Vallegrande
2004 Barbaresco
"Asili"
Presently this wine offers a nicely toasty quality from its maturation in small oak barrels, but I found a lot of black-cherry fruit.  It's very showy on the nose and quite pretty on the palate, too.  Good oak, but plenty of fruit to more than balance.  Nice tannic structure.  2015-2020.
CA' ROME
2004 Barbaresco
"Maria di Brun"
I often find eucalyptus-like, resiny notes in the Ca' Rome wine and this wine sure had that character.  It's a bit tannic and mouth-drying.  There's some anise flavors on the palate of this hard-edged wine.  I'm uncertain if there's sufficient fruit to balance the tannins. 
CANTINA DEL PINO
2004 Barbaresco
Showing light cherry notes of Nebbiolo, this wine offers a light hint of oak.  Medium-bodied.  Straightforward and classic, it's a bit over-shadowed by wines of greater intensity.  Still, this is fine.
CASCINA BRUCIATA
2004 Barbaresco
"Rio Sordo"
The nose of this wine is excellent!  Classic Nebbiolo fragrances with loamy, earthy tones along with cherries and leather and a hint of tobacco.  Nice on the palate, too.  It's intense and balanced, with an optimum drinkability of 2015-2022.
MICHELE CHIARLO
2004 Barbaresco
"Asili"
This wine displayed an older, more mature color, being a bit brown on its robe.  The nose is rather developed, too, showing nicely tarry, mature fragrances.  There's wood and a peppermint element to this wine.  Woodsy flavors dominate.  The tannins outweigh the fruit and it's probably at its best now-2013, or so.
MOCCAGATTA
2004 Barbaresco
"Bric Balin"
Nutmeg and brown spice notes are featured on the nose with a faint hint of cinnamon, followed by woody, oaky notes.  The wood dominates on the palate presently, so a few more years of cellaring will be needed to bring this to a point of balance.  2012-2015.
PODERI COLLA
2004 Barbaresco
"Roncaglie"
Hints of resin and faint whiffs of eucalyptus are displayed here.  Medium-bodied and the flavors are very fine, showing dark fruits and a moderately aggressive 'edge.'  This demands cellaring and should repay in five to ten years.  2012-2017+.
BRUNO ROCCA-RABAJA
2004 Barbaresco
"Rabaja"
Cherry notes on the nose are intertwined with nice woodsy, oaky elements.  The flavors offer a bit of oak, too...but this should arrive at a point of balance with cellaring.  Quite good.  2012-2018+.
to
ALBINO ROCCA
2004 Barbaresco
"Vigna Loreto"
We tasted their Vigneto Brich Ronchi which was more austere and a bit shy and closed at this stage, while the Vigna Loreto was nicely cherryish and mildly woodsy.  This Vigna Loreto is fairly tannic and quite cellar-worthy having sufficient fruit to balance the tannins.  Quite nice.  2013-2020.


 



At the informal tasting at the Enoteca in Barbaresco I only took one photo...

Signor Minuto (Moccagatta) brought a terrific bottle of his 1971 Barbaresco, a wonderful "taste of history."




Barolo: Il cielo il limite"
(the sky's the limit)


ON TO THE TASTING NOTES FOR THE 2003 BAROLO

BACK TO THE ROERO PAGE

 

 

 

winepour.gif (12696 bytes)Wine Tasting Today

TO INQUIRE ABOUT A WINE:  
Copyright ę 1999 WEIMAX  August 14, 2017