Saturday, October 16, 2010

Batasiolo 2004, Piedmont Italy

Variety: Nebbiolo
Producer: Batsiolo
Specification: DOCG
Vintage: 2006
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Alcohol: 14%
Price: $88

Appearance: Clear, medium Garnet, long legs
Nose: Clean, medium intensity, developing, dried fruit, earth, leather, meaty, tobacco, tar, plum, rose
Palette: dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ tannin, medium+ alcohol, medium+ body, medium+ intensity, red fruit, dried fruit, earth, clove, leather, meaty, medium length

This is a wine for the pros. It's actually not enjoyable otherwise (especially for its price).  It has bracingly high acidity and chewy tanning that makes you feel as if your teeth are going to erode or turn into sand paper.  Barolo is produced at Barolo, a tiny region in Piedmont.  The wine is barrel aged for... I believe 4-5 years before it's bottled, but even after all that time, this is still a very astringent wine that requires to be aged further.

Quality: Very good, ready to drink but can develop further.

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