Tuesday, February 19, 2008

DeForville Tasting Notes

In case you missed last Saturday's tasting of our new arrivals from DeForville, a producer located in Italy's Piedmont area...

Dolcetto d’Alba “Loreto” 2006: Dark cassis fruit with hints of smoke, tar and tobacco contribute to the bouquet. On the palate the fruit is vibrant and fresh with some tannins in the background that give structure and earthiness to the wine without becoming too intrusive. The grapes for this bottling come from the "Loreto" vineyard within the Barbaresco zone — it is this specific plot that contributes a more serious note to the wine.

Barbera d’Asti “Cascina Buc” 2005: Light aromatic notes of violet and lilac gives delicacy and elegance to this single vineyard Barbera from the Asti zone. On the palate one gets fresh tart cherry flavors with a touch of oak that tends to dissipate over time. Later on the wine exhibited a spicebox bouquet with hints of warm brick and earth. The wine becomes almost burgundian in balance after some time open.

Barbaresco 2004: Classic Barbaresco with a wonderful bouquet of dark fruit, tar, violet, tea leaf and dried rose petal. There is an almost kirsch like liquorous aroma as well. This wine has serious concentration with dusty, sweet textured tannins that promises greater complexity as the wine matures.

Barbaresco “Loreto” 2004: This wine was more restrained than the basic Barbaresco at first opening. With aeration one gets notes of dark fruit with layers of concentration gradually revealing aromas and flavors of graphite, tobacco, tea rose and tar… like the basic wine but much, much more. While there are considerable tannins present, the wine has wonderful balance and a snap and elegance of a fine (almost Grand Cru) Burgundy. This is a great one for your cellar!