90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009
($36) Medium cherry-red. Perfumed aromas and flavors of red fruits, dried flowers, mint and menthol, along with a suggestion of smoked meat. Supple, sweet and intensely flavored, with good medicinal reserve and inner-mouth aromatic character. This slightly bound-up midweight finishes with a broad dusting of granular tannins and very good length. A bit youthfully tough today and in need of at least a few years of cellaring.
88 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
wait to drink
This needs some time to tame the tannins on the finish - that said, it has a lovely red fruit, floral, pine needle complexity that really showed well about day five, when the tannins finally smoothed out.
BARBARESCO SORI PAITIN
WELL BALANCED WITH TIGHT STRUCTURE LOTS OF
It's a wonderful wine, but needs hours after opening. If you can wait a few years, it will be interesting to see how it unfolds. We kept enough to sit in a glass after dinner for a couple hours and were rewarded with a glimpse of what it will be down the road. It will be worth waiting for.
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Drinkable after 3 days in decanter
Big and Tannic
Too young and tannic for current drinking or evaluating. Hope to see improvement over time. Hold.
needs more cellar time. to tight right now.
GOOD FRUT AND STRUCTURE. VERY TANNIC. NEEDS SOME MORE BOTTLE TIME.
Way too tannic and tight...fruit is overwhelmed/missing...not sure this will ever evolve.
Patience might be required
Interested in trying this diversion from our normal vinous interests. Clear almost crimson in the glass, nose is primarily liquorice with some liquor notes, youthful vigor on the palate, a lot (underscored) of tannins to soften, espresso dark notes, plum, blackberry, not hugely concentrated. Definitely needs time from this experience.
characterless, too much tannin, flat; will it get better with time?
Flat, tannic, not much substance. Will it get better with time, not so sure
Even worse the second time around....like biting into a 2x4, with a lingering bitter aftertaste on the back palate....I can truly say this was a colossal waste of $30/btl.
Over the Hill
I received this wine on 12/07/2010. It is definitely oxidized. Both the taste and color are off. This wine is clearly past its prime. Don't waste your money.
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