2001 Aldo Conterno Il Favot Langhe Nebbiolo
There has been recent discussion about confusing wine terms and the inability for the general consumer to understand what the hell ‘we’ are talking about when describing wine. To be honest, there is a lot of repetition when describing wine, so many of the words are chosen to make it a little more interesting to read. Have you ever read a WSET tasting note? Pretty dull stuff. In fact tasting notes are nearly always boring in my opinion.
Here are far too many words about a wine I found thrilling. It is textbook nebbiolo and would sit comfortably on a tasting bench of Barolo and none would be the wiser.
Unquestionably black cherry and soaked strawberry. There is an industrial character, plastic or tar-like, hot earth but not as aggressive and unpleasant as creosote. Green apples, black pepper, alcohol. Surprisingly full mouth feel then a mesh of fine grained tannins and terrific acidity. Sweet spice, vanilla and damp forest floor ( this note tends to rile people, but I find it one of the most accurate and easy to understand. If you prefer call it leaf litter). Ripe berries, licorice, hay and charred wood. As it sat in the glass there was an almost sweet kirsch thing going on too.
It’s not that these flavours I’m highlighting sound particularly appealing, they’re just flashes of things you see in a mosaic of smells and flavours that somehow trigger a positive response. They may not for you.
I don’t know how to describe a beautiful aging nebbiolo, you may have picked that up from the spewing aroma wheel-esque note your just read. I thought it tasted wonderful if that wasn’t made clear.
If you thought this tasting note was a load of bollocks, so be it. At the end of the day, tasting notes exist to share the memory of what one thinks they tasted based on their palate memory. As they say*, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”.
RRP $110 or thereabouts, and worth every scent, get it? scent, it smelled a lot
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* to be honest, most people just say ‘the proof is in the pudding’, which is not only wrong, it just makes no sense at all.