I’d saved this bottle. I mean, 2011 Barolo…I could have hung on. But given the state of the union I cracked it open. As I write this I’m getting ready to go to the Los Angeles women’s march tomorrow morn.
Hence pussy ears.
Wuss wine can back the hell off.
This is a modern Barolo. Ready to sip now. Or…at least ready to sip six years post-vintage. I dare say earlier may have been too early.
You know how you make and new friend, and once you have both shared the stories of your messed up lives, think “I’m glad I met you now because we would have HATED each other but now we are gonna be besties”?
I mean maybe you never thought that but with Nebbiolo you are generally glad you met it once it had gone through it’s rough stage.
And modern Barolo, rife with the vanilla oak of the modern makers, went through its “rough stage” more quickly than classic Barolo.
This one is friendly. It says:
Roses! Berries! Tar! Tannins so mellow and lilting you take them in and decide to give them a hug!
As a wine person I embrace tannins fyi if you are not necessarily a wine person you may wait another few years to drink this.
But then. Oh then.
We have flowers and I swoon. Roses.
And we have tar.
And hell if nothing else moves me it is prehistoric gook that bubbles out of the ground in our own La Brea tar pits, it is VIOLETS in a glass.
Dang, drink this modern shit. Classic Barolo is brilliant and I love it for what it is but Damilano is On Point.
Now that I’m fortified I’m getting some zzz’s then am off to grab back.