Langhe Bianco 2011, Podere Ruggeri Corsini – Decent, herbal, nothing particularly noteworthy and probably better 18 months ago with more freshness. Made me think this was mostly Arneis.
Barbera d’Alba 2013, Podere Ruggeri Corsini – Cool red Barbera fruit, good balance, depth lacking but this has some charm, simple fruit and a little cool minerality, a step up from the white.
Barbera Cerretta 2008, G.Conterno – A wine I know very well, spot on now. Blackish and crimson fruit but with flavour but not weight, easy but not simple, cracking, lively acidity.
Barolo San Pietro 2008, Podere Ruggeri Corsini – Quite expressive straight away, some wood shows, a little glossy and polished which shows in a slightly liquorice flavour, herbs, aniseed too. This is not bad but it is just not very exciting.
Barolo Lazzairasco 2006, G.Porro – Fine, weighty and persistent, nice savoury bite that mellows over time, this needed air which is both the Porro style and certainly the vintage as well. There is a little alcohol showing through but otherwise top notch, uncompromising is the word I think.
Barolo Brunate 2006, Marcarini – A lovely openness even for a 2006, that is the site I think, focussed yet expressive which is an odd combo. Sweet finish but from traditional winemaking not from oak. I always buy this because it is always good like this.
A good evening all round and a few bits were kept for the following night.
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