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    Bill S. Guest

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    Piemonte notes

    2008 Ettore Germano Herzu Riesling – yes, a Riesling made in Piemonte,
    labelled as a Langhe. Zero varietal character, but with pretty good
    fruit in the nose, mostly melon, and a slight spritz we were pretty
    sure they hadn’t intended. Fairly good acid. Pleasant.

    2001 Giacosa Barbaresco Asili – quite light in colour, good nose with
    fruit and tar, forward on palate but with lots of tannin and a long
    way to go. This wine is still rather primary but it is nice to get a
    look early on. Should have a good life ahead.

    1997 Clerico Arte – an international style of wine still made mostly
    of Nebbiolo, but with a dash of barbera and often a bit of cabernet
    and aged in new French oak. This was not decanted and needed some
    time to open upo. When it did, it shifted from nothing but wet stone
    in the nose to a decent sweet fruit and vanilla nose. Good fruit on
    palate and still lots of tannin. I like this style. One taster
    commented he thought we’d tried the 97 before and it has showed
    better. Checked my notes and see we tried a 98 last Fall. Really
    should do a vertical.

    2007 Elio Grasso Barbera Vigna Martino – Very, very young. Bit light
    on interest in the nose, medium weight, modern style, some oak toward
    the end. The fruit isn’t lavish, but is adequate. Reasonably tasty
    wine, but I was left wondering where this was going. Not a
    traditional wine.

    1997 Ceretto Zonchera Barolo – I have been less than delighted with
    some of these wines in the past, but this one showed a very nice
    mature nose with a little mocha, smooth entry, decent fruit, and lots
    of softy tannin. Not a bad showing.

    1982 Michele Chiarlo Barolo Vigna Riondo – a killer anise and leather
    nose, mature and mellow on palate, still holding good colour, and very
    good length. Great aromatics in this wine made you want to sit and
    smell it!

    1998 Corino Barolo Vecchio Vigne – dark wine with black cherry and
    leather in the nose, smooth but still somewhat tannic in the mouth but
    drinking well now. My ears perked up when I saw this one as we don’t
    see it that often and I have a half case of the 1997 Vigna Giachini
    sleeping in the cellar.

    1982 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Roche Brunate – interesting nose that was
    characterized as fenugreek, which I suppose I can agree with, but
    wouldn’t insist on as I rarely cook with fenugreek aside from the
    occasional seafood curry. Also a bit of Burgundian pong to this nose
    and in fact the nose was very Pinot like, with just a hint of
    something metallic. Lightening colour, ready now.

    1997 Manzone Barolo La Gremolare – again, I took an interest when I
    found out what this was as I have the 93 and 94 vintages (these seem
    neglected these days, but very serviceable vintages they have been!).
    Excellent fruit in the nose, mostly cherries again, sweet entry,
    supple wine with smooth medium length finish. Tasty.

    2009 La Stella Moscato d’Osoyoos – a BC made Moscato with 9.5% alcohol
    (I tasted this from tank and would have stopped fermentation at 5.5 or
    6%). Lively varietal nose reasonably dry finish.

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    Bi!! Guest

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    On May 5, 9:17*am, "Bill S." <wspo...@aol.com> wrote:
    > Piemonte notes
    >
    > 2008 Ettore Germano Herzu Riesling – yes, a Riesling made in Piemonte,
    > labelled as a Langhe. *Zero varietal character, but with pretty good
    > fruit in the nose, mostly melon, and a slight spritz we were pretty
    > sure they hadn’t intended. *Fairly good acid. Pleasant.
    >
    > 2001 Giacosa Barbaresco Asili – quite light in colour, good nose with
    > fruit and tar, forward on palate but with lots of tannin and a long
    > way to go. This wine is still rather primary but it is nice to get a
    > look early on. *Should have a good life ahead.
    >
    > 1997 Clerico Arte – an international style of wine still made mostly
    > of Nebbiolo, but with a dash of barbera and often a bit of cabernet
    > and aged in new French oak. *This was not decanted and needed some
    > time to open upo. When it did, it shifted from nothing but wet stone
    > in the nose to a decent sweet fruit and vanilla nose. *Good fruit on
    > palate and still lots of tannin. I like this style. *One taster
    > commented he thought we’d tried the 97 before and it has showed
    > better. *Checked my notes and see we tried a 98 last Fall. *Really
    > should do a vertical.
    >
    > 2007 Elio Grasso Barbera Vigna Martino – Very, very young. Bit light
    > on interest in the nose, medium weight, modern style, some oak toward
    > the end. The fruit isn’t lavish, but is adequate. Reasonably tasty
    > wine, but I was left wondering where this was going. *Not a
    > traditional wine.
    >
    > 1997 Ceretto Zonchera Barolo – I have been less than delighted with
    > some of these wines in the past, but this one showed a very nice
    > mature nose with a little mocha, smooth entry, decent fruit, and lots
    > of softy tannin. Not a bad showing.
    >
    > 1982 Michele Chiarlo Barolo Vigna Riondo – a killer anise and leather
    > nose, mature and mellow on palate, still holding good colour, and very
    > good length. *Great aromatics in this wine made you want to sit and
    > smell it!
    >
    > 1998 Corino Barolo Vecchio Vigne – dark wine with black cherry and
    > leather in the nose, smooth but still somewhat tannic in the mouth but
    > drinking well now. *My ears perked up when I saw this one as we don’t
    > see it that often and I have a half case of the 1997 Vigna Giachini
    > sleeping in the cellar.
    >
    > 1982 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Roche Brunate – interesting nose that was
    > characterized as fenugreek, which I suppose I can agree with, but
    > wouldn’t insist on as I rarely cook with fenugreek aside from the
    > occasional seafood curry. Also a bit of Burgundian pong to this nose
    > and in fact the nose was very Pinot like, with just a hint of
    > something metallic. *Lightening colour, ready now.
    >
    > 1997 Manzone Barolo La Gremolare – again, I took an interest when I
    > found out what this was as I have the 93 and 94 vintages (these seem
    > neglected these days, but very serviceable vintages they have been!).
    > Excellent fruit in the nose, mostly cherries again, sweet entry,
    > supple wine with smooth medium length finish. *Tasty.
    >
    > 2009 La Stella Moscato d’Osoyoos – a BC made Moscato with 9.5% alcohol
    > (I tasted this from tank and would have stopped fermentation at 5.5 or
    > 6%). Lively varietal nose reasonably dry finish.


    Thanks for the great notes. I have the same experience with the 1997
    Ceretto Zonchera. I opened one recently and was pleasantly surprised.

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