Smooth & Supple
For such a young vintage, this is an exceptional Barbaresco. The presentation was typical of this varietal with colors of rose and garnet. The nose was rich and well balanced with hints of licorice and mild earth. The pallet was very well balanced with notes of black cherries, mild spices, earthy florals. Its finish was long and smooth devoid of any bitterness that often accompanies young wines made from the nebbiolo grape. I would suggest a case or two for the cellar as this vintage will be superb when it reaches it's peak. I think the 94 point rating was a little stingy for this exceptional offering. I would give it a solid 95 points and hoist it to level of collectable.
Earthy & Spicy
Nope. Not a fan. In all fairness, this was a decent wine. However, it simply did not live up to it's 93 point rating or the hefty price tag. I found the appearance of this barolo consistent with the varietal. The nose was sharp and hindered by the alcohol content. The pallet initially presented well however, the aggressive acidity took over without allowing the flavor to fully develop. Perhaps in a few years, this vintage will level off and attain good balance. However, for the price, I would suggest looking elsewhere if you are looking for something that will increase in value. I would give this offering 90 points.
Since the 1973 vintage won the 1976 Paris Blind Taste Test, I thought I would give this Chardonnay a try. I stopped half way through the bottle and used the rest with some butter to baste my scallops that I had going on the grille. Worked a lot better that way. It was most expensive seafood baste Ive ever had.