Old and new

Traditional appellation wine versus a modern blend from Piemonte.

Vietti, Barolo DOCG, Castiglione 2004 In June of ’08 I noted brown spices and licorice on a very tannic frame that is balanced by acidity and extract. In April of ’09, this wine is displaying much of the same with an even greater integration of the structural components with the flavours in the mouth – very long and a value opportunity to taste the winemaking of Vietti when considererd against their more precious bottles at twice the price. 100% Nebbiolo from the municipality of Castiglione Falletto. Estate Bottled in Castiglione Falletto 14% $38.99 at Bottle Barn though now sold out – this bottle purchased at Traverso’s for $45 Vietti

Braida Monferrato Rosso DOC Il Baciale 2005

Red and blackfruits, earthiness and nice level of acidity and complexity. Late in August, we tasted this wine again and the fruit had dropped off some, the sense of earthiness had increased and the suppleness had given way to a more rustic and chewy wine. 60% Barbera, 20% Pinot Noir, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot from the house that made Barbera famous. Bottled at the estate in Rocchetta Tanaro 13.5% $24.99 at Bottle Barn Braida

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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