An excellent, vigorous, big, exuberant wine. Lots going on and packed with aromas and flavor.
Very dark black ruby with a brickish tinge. Intense, complex nose of moist, warm earth, deep-toned chokecherry syrup, smoke, and with a whiff of balsamic vinegar (yes, there was a bit of volatile acidity, but it only added to the complexity of the wine, at least at this point). Intensely earthy in the mouth, with tons of mineral-infused moist gravelly notes framing dark cherries and graphite. Very full-bodied, with correspondingly large amounts of tannin and a high level of acidity. Even with the v.a. I see this aging well for another 5 years. A. Imported by Superior Wines, Cranford NJ, it was $29.99 from WTSO.com a few months ago. That's a good price for a Barolo this good.