Saturday, March 26, 2011

2006 Boroli Quattro Fratelli Barbera

Opened a 2006 Boroli Quattro Fratelli Barbera d'Alba tonight with dinner. I've had this wine many times (usually at a work function) yet for some reason this is the first time I've bothered to mention it on this site. It's been pretty hit-or-miss and unfortunately tonight's bottle was a miss. Medium ruby color. The nose is a terrific compote of cooked raspberry and blackberry with a good whiff of vanilla. Although the wine is aged in oak casks for 6 months, there's no hint of it on the nose or palate. Unfortunately, the palate doesn't live up to the promise of the nose as it is marked with shrill acidity just a modicum of tart fruit. Shocking lack of ripeness.

Even more shocking was how poorly it fared with tonight's dinner of ricotta-stuffed shells in tomato sauce. One would think the acidity would pair nicely with the tomato sauce. But it was quite the train wreck as the wine somehow came across as being even more acidic with the food. Poor showing. But at least now that dinner is over, it's starting to perk up again.....

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