Wine Spectator | Rating: 89Plum and hints of basil on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, slightly austere finish. A bit too much new wood, but should come around. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.Drink Dates: 2008+Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89The brooding 2003 Barbaresco Valeirano is full and rich, with plenty of fruit, smoke and earth notes as well as a bigger and distinctly more masculine personality. Although it shows the hard tannins of the vintage, it offers better overall balance than the Gallina.Drink Dates: 2008-2015Author: Antonio Galloni
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89The brooding Barbaresco Valeirano is fuller and richer, with plenty of fruit, smoke and earth notes as well as bigger and distinctly more masculine personality. Although it too shows the hard tannins of the vintage it offers better overall balance than the Gallina. - Antonio GalloniDrink Dates: 2013-2015
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Nebbiolo is the king of , and usually the only grape in the and wines of this region. A continental climate brings long summers and a substantial amount of rainfall, allowing for extended time on the vine and optimal ripeness. As a result, Nebbiolo is high in both acid and tannin, bringing a beautiful balance to these wines and making them suitable for long-term ageing. The typical flavors of Nebbiolo include red currant, strawberry, roses, leather, and anise.
In Barolo, with its high altitude, Nebbiolo develops perfumed aromas of sour cherries, herbs, and dried flowers. Barolo DOCG wines must be aged for a minimum of three years with at least 18 months in oak before release. Further ageing in bottle adds complex aromas of truffle, tar, and leather. Nebbiolo from Barbaresco is less perfumed and must be aged for a minimum of two years with at least nine months in oak before release. Some of the best examples of this variety come from , , , and .
The delicate aromas, bold tannin, and high acid of Nebbiolo pair best with foods high in butter, fat and olive oil. Classic examples include truffles, prosciutto, boar ragu, pork loin, and a range of cheeses, but it is also a great match for Asian cuisine.
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