Medium red. Aromas of cherry, menthol, licorice and leather. Sweet but clenched following the July bottling; a rather muscular, classically styled Barolo with notes of dried flowers and minerals. Juicy, gripping wine with lovely fresh fruit and a fairly tough structure.
(half of this wine was aged in barriques, the other half in 25-hectoliter Slavonian oak casks) Good medium red. Lively aromas of red fruits, dried rose, menthol and minerals. Sweeter and more pliant than the normale, with ripe, almost Burgundian red fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes with finer tannins than the regular bottling and lovely persistence. This estate uses vertical fermentation tanks (not rotofermenters) in which the top of the tank can be drained to break up the cap, or the juice can be sprinkled over the cap to keep it wet. Total maceration time is typically 12 to 13 days, including a 2-day pre-fermentation cold soak.
(from chalk and sand soil; the Costa Grimaldi is from chalk and clay) Sappy red berry perfume complicated by flowers and minerals; complex and Burgundian. Then firmly built and less showy today than the Costa Grimaldi, with less obvious sweetness. Finishes with serious but very broad tannins and slowly mounting flavor. Seemed to close up in the glass. A classic, rather elegantly styled wine that will require longer aging than the Costa Grimaldi.
($74) Good full red. Red fruits and menthol on the nose; offers less aromatic lift than the estate's 2001s. Very ripe and plump, with slightly raisiny berry and nut flavors. Today the wine's tannins cut off the fruit on the back end. This is likely to develop quickly.
($86) Medium red. Reticent aromas of raspberry, cherry and menthol. Sweet and minty, with rather forward fruit flavors and limited complexity. Offers broader tannins than the normale but still finishes a tad dry.
($100) Deep, bright red. Aromas of red fruits and flowers, with an intriguing balsamic element. More vibrant and energetic than the Costa Grimaldi, showing the best inner-mouth perfume of the trio of 2000s. Dense and juicy, with a rather sophisticated fine-grained texture. The tannins are finer as well, and hit the palate later. (Empson U.S.A. Alexandria VA