a masterpiece of balance and harmony. High expression
of terroir and grape variety. Ruby red, rich and spicy scent.
Austere and long wine with dense tannins of almost silky texture
Deep, brilliant pomegranate color. Closed in nose -showing some hints of camphor and eucalyptus. Wine had excellent acidity but was lacking somewhat in the firm tannins you expect from a good Barolo. Opened up with time but it was obvious it still needed more time. Still showing signs of youth with some awkwardness in the middle and finish. Good future potential.
Cinghiale rating 3.8
Another example of the same wine being drunk at the same tasting. The difference being this wine was open shortly before drinking. I have found that for Barolo aeration is key to bringing out character-not necessarily decanting -but slow aeration. I think decanting may be to forceful for Barolo or Barbaresco. Wine was closed in and very young tasting. Not showing much nose-high acidity and very low tannins. Tasted more like a Nebbiolo than a Barolo. Started to open up with time and you knew there was potential in letting this wine open up and age in the bottle. Not ready now.
Cinghiale rating 3.7
|These elegant and approachable wines come from the family estate in Castiglione Tinella. Here, famed enologist Claudio Icardi creates noteworthy and critically acclaimed wines. Working in concert, enologist Ornella Cordara meticulously selects and blends the cuvee to produce the wines of Col dei Venti. These fruit-driven yet age-worthy wines are made from the yield of vineyards covering 60 hectares in the gently rolling Langhe and Monferrato hills. The varied terrain and numerous microclimates allow Ornella to demonstrate her carefully articulated plan to vinify very ripe grapes while judiciously employing new oak to produce consistent wines of distinction.
Col dei Venti is committed to using organic and biodynamic farming practices in the vineyard and refrains from applying chemical pesticides or fertilizers.