An epic dinner with friends last night at Grappa. We tasted lots of wines, gained some good insights along the way, had delicious food but most of all enjoyed the company of a great group of friends. Grappa did an amazing job of accommodating the number of wines we had.
Rather than detailed notes, here are some impressions on the wines...
The Lanson Champers was full flavoured with toasty notes and lively acidity - nice. The Baron Fuente was a bit lighter but showed good breadth and complexity and was very enjoyable despite being a bit light on mousse.
All the Nebbiolo's showed well. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the 2003 showed and was told that's the quality of the producer showing there (Seems to be the theme for hot vintages). The 2004 Brovia started off a bit tight but opened up beautifully, is a stunner and has a long way to go. The 2010 La Ganghija - very nice and didn't seem to young at all.
Of the Barbera, I preferred the older with the 2012 and 1999 being my favorites. The 2012 had more going on but the 1999 was more integrated and simply beautiful. Of the younger Barbera, the Sandrone had the most immediate appeal but the Giacosa was the most balanced imo.
All the BdMs showed well, save one which appeared to be corked. There was some question about this but 1 iffy wine out of so many - I'm not complaining!
The Cappellano Chinato reminded my why I love Chinato - Christmas in a glass. Beautiful with Tiramisu. The Recioto, also wonderful and showed what a great Amarone producer can to with Recioto.
Here's the list:
2009 Baron Fuente Brut Champagne
2007 Lanson Brut Champagne
2004 Brovia Barolo
2003 Mauro Moline Barolo
2010 La Ganghija Barbaresco
1999 La Spinetta Barbera d'Alba Gallina
2012 Aldo Conterno Barbera Conca Tre Pile
2015 G. B. Burlotto Barbera d'Alba Aves
2016 Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba
2017 Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba
2008 Val di Suga BdM
2013 Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino
2001 Banfi Poggio alle Mura
Cappellano Barolo Chinato