2005 Marziano Abona Terlo Ravera, DOCG Barolo
One of my obsessions lately has been with Barolo. I want to understand and learn to appreciate this stunning wine - a wine which in my opinion is finer and infinitely more authentic than any super-Tuscan can ever be. What I love about these wines most of all is their absolute uncompromising nature - you have to allow them to age in bottle. Other great wines, red Burgundy, even red Bordeaux . . . most other wines won't give you too much grief if you drink them young. It'd be a shame, but you could still do it. Not great Barolo. As I quickly learned, these wines can be so austere, so tannic, so hard to penetrate that drinking them young is an utterly masochistic act.
What of this one? At a mere 5 years of age, not taking my own advice as usual. From the cru of Ravera in Novello, from the 2005 vintage, a vintage yielding more accessible, friendly wines as opposed to the classic and monumental 2004's. Decanted for many, many hours, overnight in fact. I always trust my first nose in everything I taste . . . this wine was simply divine. Mushroomy, earthy aromas that came off as so thick, a concentrated bouquet that was just extraordinary in its intensity. Dark berries, but that characteristic tar and spice of Barolo shines. Very austere in the mouth, very tightly wound, but so complex, so minerally, so balanced. Concentrated and viscous but absolutely precise and elegant in texture. Absolutely delicious, my goodness . . . truly one of the great wines of the world.
Continuing on with really exploring this region, I've made up my mind to drink more Barolo before the year ends. I've kind of begun shopping for Christmas break drinking . . . never to early to start. Not putting any away yet - need more experience, need to drink a few more bottles before I begin adding to the cellar.