Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tasting Notes for Two Italian Wine Finds: Pelissero Nubiola Barbaresco and Icardi Nej Pinot Nero Langhe Rosso


By way of background, opening thoughts: Two special Italian wines, with grape varieties and regions I am somewhat less-than-familiar with, provided by Eric to accompany a homemade Italian meal this evening.  Thanks Eric!  The labels from the two wines from two different regions seem to symbolize the coming together of new world and old world in this country - a classic label from Pelissero and an abstract new-age label from Icardi.  Both, interestingly enough, are finished at comparable 14% alcohol levels.



Original tasting and review : This is Pelissero Nubiola, Barbaresco, Italy, 2007.

In the glass: Deep red, almost brick at the edges.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows sweet red berry fruits, mostly in the raspberry and clean-laundered pomegranate categories.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright red and vigorous.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite as expected, with even a rhubarb element coming in among the red berries.  What was unexpected was the big tannin crush right smack in the mid-palate, just as you begin the sip.  It brings a powerful, vise-grip to the experience, layering chalky undertones to the red fruit.  This wants to stand up to food, with enough red berry to keep it singing throughout.  The tannins also make this more than willing to decant for hours or cellar for years before becoming at all tired.

In summary: Overall, this is an experience I would definitely make my way back to, with an added curiosity given more air or bottle time.
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Original tasting and review : This is Icardi Nej Pinot Nero Langhe Rosso, Italy, 2007.

In the glass: Deep magenta, hints of dark brick.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft, almost shy, dark fruit with little pinpricks of plum.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep and perhaps dark. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft and perfumed with plums and blackberry in the mid-palate.  Some old-world-style twigs are apparent in the distant background.  Acids more than tannins carry the fruit alogt and tuck it into your cheeks for a long, balanced finish.  Clear tannins become apparent with the second sip, locking down your gums to your teeth - showing the real iron fist apparent within the velvet glove.

In summary: Overall, a bold and fragrant deep red wine experience I would enjoy again, recognizing its powerful demeanor that would tackle the toughest of foods.

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