My date with the sunset last night was accompanied by a new friend and a new barolo. The friend...a fellow sommelier in Newport Beach. The barolo...an elegant expression of the Bricco Cogni vineyard in Piedmont by Michele Reverdito. The 2001 vintage is drinking well right now and it's tart cherry and berry flavors are sweetly present. The tannin softened up quickly and some of the heat blew off, but 14.5% is still a bit high for my palate. A lively bottle, conversation, and sunset.