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Barolo and barbaresco are wonderful wines (hence, my username). But they are not for everyone, and I'd say the majority of American wine drinkers don't really get it. These wines are more about texture, complexity, subtlety and food-friendliness than about wowing the taster with concentration and fruit. These wines really improve with a lot of age and/or air, change a great deal over many hours in the decanter, and are more of an intellectual/contemplative type of experience as compared to most other wines.

I don't mean that in some sort of right or wrong or superiority kind of way (I think it's totally fine that some people don't like these wines, everyone has different tastes), I'm just letting the poster know not to expect something that is going to necessarily wow his company when he opens it or stand out in some blind tasting lineup against a bunch of reds from Spain, Australia, California, etc.

When you get your first bottles to try, give them time in a decanter, and try them over many hours in a quiet time when you can give them some thought and attention. It's a great experience.
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Originally posted by P Monty:
Barolo and barbaresco are wonderful wines (hence, my username). But they are not for everyone, and I'd say the majority of American wine drinkers don't really get it. These wines are more about texture, complexity, subtlety and food-friendliness than about wowing the taster with concentration and fruit. These wines really improve with a lot of age and/or air, change a great deal over many hours in the decanter, and are more of an intellectual/contemplative type of experience as compared to most other wines.

I don't mean that in some sort of right or wrong or superiority kind of way (I think it's totally fine that some people don't like these wines, everyone has different tastes), I'm just letting the poster know not to expect something that is going to necessarily wow his company when he opens it or stand out in some blind tasting lineup against a bunch of reds from Spain, Australia, California, etc.

When you get your first bottles to try, give them time in a decanter, and try them over many hours in a quiet time when you can give them some thought and attention. It's a great experience.


Sorry, P Monty. I don't buy that nebbiolo-based wines provide a more intellectual experience than other wines. Wine is wine. Either it appeals to our senses (i.e. we enjoy it when we look at it, smell it and taste it) or it doesn't.
I have personally enjoyed many wines which make your eyes pop out with the "wow" factor the first sip, and I've had equally good wines which did not do that on first impression but which revealed subtleties and complexities bit by bit as they evolved over an evening. Both great, but in two different ways. Maybe "intellectual" was an unnecessarily loaded word to describe the latter.

You might think of the very different ways in which you enjoy different styles of movies, from Indiana Jones to Sideways. You could say "either you enjoy the movie or you don't," but I think there is some value in pointing out that both movies are enjoyable but in completely different ways, and you might recommend one to some people and not others, or you might recommend them for different moods and circumstances.

Most of all, my point was to avoid Wonggei going into it expecting it to be something different than what it is, just as you might be very disappointed if you went to Sideways expecting a summer blockbuster (which I think is exactly what happened to many viewers of Sideways after the movie got so much hype), or if you went to Indiana Jones expecting thought-provoking reflection on real-life issues.

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