Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mauro Veglio Barolo
Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto 2006
Monforte d’Alba, Cuneo, Italy

Review:  This Barolo was given 93 points by Wine Spectator, with a drinking window of 2015 – 2035. I decided to pop the cork a little early to see how it was coming along. Unfortunately, I should have waited… Even with light aromas of sour cherries, tobacco, and oak, this wine was not terribly expressive. 

I opened this puppy up at a classy wine party, but even after 5 hours in the decanter the tannins were still grippy. I poured it back into the bottle to bring it home (the sensible thing to do, no?), and by the next day it had finally mellowed out. However, it would have been best to hold the wine for a few more years. In the meantime, I'm planning to make a nice tomato sauce with the rest of the wine. When life gives you prematurely opened wine, make pasta!

Food Pairing: Like most high acid, high alcohol wines, this one definitely needs food. Something savory... perhaps a juicy steak with melted blue cheese.

Bottom Line: Meh. I wanted this to be a bigger wine, more interesting, especially with the Borolo price tag. Hopefully in a few years it will be!

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2006
  • PLACE: Barolo DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) 
  • GRAPE: 100% Nebbiolo
  • AGEING: 24 months French oak, 1/2 new and 1/2 used, followed by 18 months in the bottle before release
  • BOOZE: 14.5%
  • CELLAR: Hold. For reals

Where did I get it? Total Wine and More
What's the damage? Premium

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