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WTN: 98 Vietti Rocche

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WTN: 98 Vietti Rocche

by Patchen Markell » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:09 pm

Vietti 1998 Barolo Rocche. Purchased at a tasting with Luca Currado in Chicago in about 2001 or 2002. I think we bought two bottles of this and tried the first one a decade ago, which was much, much too early. Now this wine is in early maturity; ruby with an orange rim; some roses on the nose but still pretty tight and tannic, so we decanted it, which helped it relax into something burly but seductive. Bitter cocoa, flowers, a bit of waxy truffle, plenty of tart cherry fruit remaining, and a touch of volatility. Not singing, exactly, but humming melodiously. A very satisfying pairing with a ribeye with a red wine and morel mushroom glaze.
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Re: WTN: 98 Vietti Rocche

by David M. Bueker » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:56 am

Yum.

I did not start buying Nebbiolo based wines in any quantity until the 2004 vintage, so I have a few years to wait.
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Re: WTN: 98 Vietti Rocche

by Patchen Markell » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:06 pm

I still don't buy Nebbiolo more than intermittently and in very modest quantities -- but every time I have a bottle like this, the quantities get a little bigger...
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Re: WTN: 98 Vietti Rocche

by Dale Williams » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:49 pm

Sounds great.
'98s are surprisingly approachable

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