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Saturday, February 21, 2009

1994 Conterno Fantino Barolo - Vigna del Gris

Another wine that is part of what I call the current "wine glut". We got our hands on a bunch of this old Barolo for pennies on the dollar and I thought for the price and the age of this wine, it was well worth the extra pocket change. Aged Barolo is always a treat and especially for someone who love to really analyze the aromas of a wine. I find that Nebbiolo based wines have some of the best bouquet's in the world of wine, especially when properly cellared. 

On the nose I get aromas of cherry, rust, tomato sauce, tobacco, tea leaf, leather, and some very attractive plum notes. As you might imagine, this wine is rapidly fading in color and is full of red brick tones, turning slightly brownish. The flavors are soft and quite seductive showing notes of cherry, tea leaf, tea berry, and lots of tobacco. There is also some nice milk chocolate that creeps in on the cherry and red apple filled finish. The tannins are well integrated but amazingly enough still grip down on the mid-palate. The finish is medium in length but very enjoyable. 91 points
 
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