Barbaresco and Barolo 2004

Moccagatta, Barbaresco, Basarin 2004 The nose features plenty of black licorice and a blush of vanilla. In the mouth this young Barbaresco is approachable, with ripe yet present tannins – another winner from Moccagatta with great length. The grapes are by definition 100% Nebbiolo and the wine spends 18 months aging in French oak barriques, 40% of which are new. Proprietors Francesco and Sergio Minuto. P&B in Barbaresco 14.5% purchased for $43.99 at Bottle Barn

Andrea Oberto, Barolo, Vigneto Rocche 2004 The fruit has a ripe and raisined quality to it with notes of spicy flowers. In the mouth this young Barolo is a tannic monster, yet there is plenty of stuffing to keep up the structure -great length and a very nice wine. Estate bottled in La Morra in Piemonte 14.5% purchased for $74.99 at Bottle Barn Andrea Oberto

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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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