Tasting Notes for the Evening's Wines
At this event we showcased six delicious wines all in the classic Piemonte style of Barolo – a northern Italian treat and a beautiful showcase of the Nebbiolo grape varietal. Here’s a handy reminder of the wines we all enjoyed.
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We kick off our showcase of the producer Brezza with this wonderful expression of youthful Nebbiolo. Aged in stainless steel rather than oak, it's wonderfully fresh, with an aromatic bouquet of red berries layered with rose, violet, liquorice and orange peel. Its purity shines through to a dry, salivating finish.
Next up is Brezza's Barolo Classico, an elegant, textbook Barolo. Matured in oak for 24 months, it shows black cherry, plum and red berries layered with violet, rose, discreet hints of liquorice and an almost imperceptible touch of laurel. A lovely combination of freshness and ripeness with fine tannins in the background.
Brezza Cannubi Barolo 2018
This gorgeous single vineyard Barolo exhibits great charm and impressive structure. Organically produced, as are all of Brezza's wines, this shows intense notes of wild berries and cassis, balanced by delicate highlights of herbs, violets, liquorice and dried ginger. It's smooth textured with a beautifully long, silky finish.
Brezza Sarmassa Barolo 2018
To finish up our exploration of Brezza, we find their small, old vine Sarmassa Cru delivers this fragrant, muscular and complex Barolo. With a minimum of two years' maturation, it offers wild berries layered with menthol, leather, liquorice, violet, and subtle earthy and herbal notes. It's beautifully balanced with firm tannins, a fruity mid-palate and tremendous length on the finish.
Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo
The first of two wines from one of the region's other most prestigious producers, Michele Chiarlo, is this single vineyard beauty. Aged for two years in oak and a further year in bottle, this complex, full-bodied Barolo displays aromas of rich fruits, rose petals, juniper berries and hint of fine spice. The palate has wonderful harmony, with silky tannins and remarkable elegance and persistence.
Michele Chiarlo Cannubi Barolo 2018
For our last wine we go back with Michele Chiarlo to the famous Crus of Cannubi. Powerful, intense and almost aristocratic, this classic Barolo shows notes of blackcurrants and baked fruits with hints of liquorice, cinnamon, mint, tobacco and leather. Persistent and seductive with great structure and a silky texture through to a dry finish, this wine has extraordinary completeness and personality.