A three-bottle vertical of Giordano Barbaresco from Asili. 2014, 2015 & 2016.
2014 Giordano Asili Barbaresco - Barolo often gets much of the credit for great Nebbiolo, but Barbaresco should not be overlooked, especially in certain vintages. Barolo had a tough go at 2014 while there were pockets of Barbaresco such as Asili that received amazing growing conditions. The southwest facing slopes give us a wine with meaty flavors of prosciutto, tar, roses, and spices. The body of the wine is light and delicate with a subtle power and depth.
2015 Giordano Asili Barbaresco - In 2015, the vines were quite young - planted in 2000 - but the quality of Asili definitely shines through. Fresh and dried rose petal, black pepper, sweet spice, black tea, fresh earth, and a bit of leather join the core of sweet, ripe, strawberry fruit on the quiet nose and expansive palate. Minerality comes up with air while the tannins stay quite firm, but ripe, with just enough acidity to keep the flavors driving through a focused finish. Fun to taste with 2 hours in decanter, better after 3-4 years in cellar and drinking well through 2030 and beyond.
2016 Giordano Asili Barbaresco - This red finds a nice equilibrium between sappy berry cherry and licorice flavors and balsamic notes of eucalyptus juniper and wild rosemary. It's harmonious with a ripe core and long gripping finish.
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