October 2009 Wine Salon

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Barbaresco, Barbera, Barolo, Italy, Langhe, Piedmont, Red Wine

The usual crowd gathered chez Brian’s on October 18 to explore Italian wines with an emphasis on Piedmont. Many wines posted and the opinions seemed to be a lot more varied than usual. Of course, the food was sensational as always. The liver duck mousse in particular was so good, I can practically still taste it. Here are the wines. I kept the notes very short.

Palate Whetter

Palate Bruiser

Interesting Barbera



Old Barolo

  • 1978 Pio Cesare Barolo Riserva – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
    Lovely palate. Wet autumn leaves, forest floor, mushrooms, still amazingly vibrant fruit, perfect balance, nose was off, told that smell dissipated.

Thanks to Brian and all those who generously brought food. I unfortunately missed the flight with old Gattinara’s (1965 and 1968), but there’s always a next time.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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