Monday, January 20, 2014
2008 Fontanabianca BARBARESCO "Bordini" (Piemonte, Italy)
Color is a deceptively unsaturated medium dark ruby garnet. The first night, the nose was all dry underbrush and scorchiness. Little fruit. Night two, it was a bit better. Dry gravel, minerals, and tart cherry on the nose. In the mouth, the first thing that hits isn't the flavor but the texture: very aggressive tannin puckers the mouth before it can register any flavors! On night one, I got nothing but tannin. On night two, I at least got some cherry fruit to go along with the "dried leaves"/scorchy trademark of an overextracted wine. I'm not sure this will ever come around. I can't give it a letter grade. Let's just say "?" I got this for $29.99 from WTSO.com, making it a bad value and making me feel foolish.