Marziano Abbona, Barolo, Piemonte, Italy 2016
BLACK CHERRY & POMEGRANATE, STAR ANISE PERFUME
Firmly structured yet with sumptuous, ripe fruit, this is sublimely confident Barolo and an exemplary expression of Nebbiolo’s contradictory tendencies toward brightness, enchantingly “pretty” perfume, and rugged earthy mystique. While this wine’s character is inspiringly traditional, Abbona diligently utilizes a wide array of contemporary methods to optimize the generosity of fruit and varietal character in every wine. As if all this wasn’t enough, there’s a lovely bird on the label.
Serving Suggestion: Christmas goose, Peking duck. Chestnut gnocchi w/ Gorgonzola cream sauce. Veal osso buco, brisket w/ mushrooms. BBQ lamb. Truffled pasta.