Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2008
Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Deep garnet color, with perfectly mixed floral and spicy qualities in the nose. Notes of licorice, cherries in liqueur, cacao and fresh raspberries. Rich, full-bodied and elegant on the palate.
This is an aristocratic wine that finds its ideal match in game, jugged hare, braised beef, chamois, roe buck saddle, wild boar, venison, and pigeon. Superb with dishes garnished with white truffles from Alba, like cardoon flan with fonduta and duck ravioli.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Barolo Monfalletto is a classy wine bursting with sweet red fruit, flowers and mint. The 2008 shows gorgeous finesse from start to finish in a feminine style that is hugely appealing. A vibrant, floral finish adds lift and energy. This is a delicious 2008 from Cordero di Montezemolo. I would not be surprised if the wine develops very well in bottle. It is all class and elegance. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2023."
International Wine Cellar - "Good medium-deep red. Cooler on the nose than the '07, offering scents of sour cherry, raspberry, wild herbs, minerals and brown spices. Intensely flavored, floral and juicy, with an enticing sugar/acid balance that presages a positive evolution in bottle. Less sweet and fleshy than the 2007, showing slightly austere mint and menthol notes toward the back. Finishes with a strong dusting of building tannins and lovely lift.
Wine Spectator - "A rich, dense red, exhibiting cherry, currant and tobacco flavors, with hints of tar and menthol. The beefy tannins lend a compact feel and a dry, tactile sensation on the finish, but this shows balance overall. Best from 2015 through 2030."
James Suckling - "This is very perfumed and pretty with roses and dark fruits and just a hint of toasted oak. Full body, with polished tannins and a lightly chewy tannic mouthfeel. It's long and delicious. More delicate palate compared to the nose. "
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Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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