Bruno Giacosa is known for making fantastic Barolo and Barbaresco and while I’d give an arm and leg to try one of them, they’re currently too expensive for me, so I have to settle for his basic nebbiolo bottling.
I bought this over the Christmas holiday season of 2008. It was a 2006 vintage bottling of a nebbiolo, so I was a little hesitant in opening it too soon. Most nebbiolo tends to need a few years before they’re drinkable. My impatience and curiosity overruled good sense though, but what the heck?
The color of the wine was prototypical young nebbiolo; red and so lightly colored, it was almost translucent. The nose was actually barely perceptible, even after decanting for about an hour or so. At this point, I was kicking myself because I was already thinking that the wine was young and not yet ready to drink.
Once I took my first taste I realized that the wine indeed wasn’t ready to drink. I got some hints of cherry and roses, but that’s about it. The tannins were definitely in full effect and left that dry cotton mouth feeling commonly associated with gnarly tannins. I should really start to purchase two bottles at a time of each wine I intend to really enjoy for situations like these. Maybe next time.