Barbaresco DOCG, Piedmont, (northwest) Italy; 14% ABV
$12 at the Oakland, CA, store on 7 Nov
The 2010 and 2011 Risorgimento Barbarescos have been around for a good while now, and I believe Seedboy recommended the 2010. (Robert Parker’s vintage chart, linked to in the right margin, gives 2010 a “95T” and 2011 a “90T,” where “T” is for “tannic, youthful, or slow to mature.”) I finally picked one up during the recent sale. It struck me as a bit young, but quite tasty once it finally aired.
I opened this on Thanksgiving, thinking to substitute this lighter-bodied, aromatic red (made from the Nebbiolo grape) for the more traditional lighter-bodied, aromatic, Pinot Noir. It didn’t work because, even after sitting in a decanter for about four hours, the wine had not really opened. I put the rest, about 40% of it, back in the bottle and put the cork back in.
The next day, that remainder still had not opened. I poured it back into a decanter and tried it a few hours later. It had finally opened and was really quite good! It showed delicious flavors of ripe, dark red cherries, tangy tart cherries, leather, earth, a little orange, all nicely integrated and elegant. If I were going to open another soon, I’d probably put it in a covered decanter for a day, and then open the decanter a few hours before drinking it. However, I’d most likely instead put it in cool storage for at least a few years.
Egads! Lim13 has already reviewed this wine here.