Monday, April 21, 2008

On the Grapevine Maiden blog...

Well, I've been toying with the idea of a blog for a while now and fretting about not having anything to say or having too much to say or trying to stick to wine matters without veering off into rants about the many things that might annoy me but is of no interest whatsoever to anyone else!

We had a great tasting in the shop on Friday night - the line-up was:

Gaja Sito Moresco 2005

Gaja Barbaresco 2003

Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2004

Pio Cesare Barolo 2003

Boroli Barolo 2000

Boglietti Barolo "Brunate" 2003

Most people agreed that the Gaja Barbaresco was beautiful, seamless wine - elegant, balanced and delicious. Of course, at €160 per bottle, this was to be expected. The Sito Moresco, a blend of Nebbiolo, Cabernet and Merlot seemed a tad clumsy and not quite hanging together. The Pio Cesare wines were, as expected, very good but hard to drink by comparison. The Boroli Barolo was the favourite wine on the night, helped by the fact that Boroli's typical accessible style was helped by an extra 3 years in bottle. Boglietti's wine was delicious, I thought, in a very modern style, but an excellent Barolo. We finished the Gaja Barbaresco, Boroli and Boglietti with dinner on Friday night and went back to The 2 Pios and the Sito Moresco on Sunday. All 3 had improved dramatically, the Sito was much more integrated and the Pio Barbaresco elegant and delicious. The Pio Barolo was still a bit tough - had to get some smelly cheese to go with it.

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