Wednesday, June 2, 2010

2000 Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo

Opened the last of my 2000 Cordero di Montezemolo Monfalletto Barolo tonight with a rack of grass-fed lamb that I started on the grill and finished in the oven. The dry herb rub mainly consisting of dried rosemary and fennel seed was the perfect choice of seasoning for this wine. Being a Nebbiolo, the color was typically washed out and faded. This thing already looks like it's 20 years old. But the nose is alive with fennel seed, lavender, old saddle leather and dried cherries. The palate is already showing a touch of oxidation, but it adds complexity. Dried fruit and licorice are the major players here with some tannin playing a supporting role. Nice, long finish. Overall, this is a very pretty wine and I'm not disappointed having paid $32 for it.

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