Friday, January 1, 2010

AmByth's '07 Nebbiolo (Glenrose Vineyard, Paso Robles)

This wine needs to breathe. Pour a glass then cork and wait a day or two to revisit. It's a completely different wine. My day two notes follow:

Nose: cherry liqueur, musk/perfume/floral, ripe raspberries and strawberries, hint of vanilla
Palate: Soft tannin, approachable alcohol, surprisingly pleasant acidity, more fruit than a traditional Piedmont nebbiolo or Barolo, but sometimes that's okay

Finish: a bit glycerol and sticky, blackberry preserve and chalk, the minerality offsets the fruit

When I bought this wine in Paso Robles last August, I had no idea it would be this good. The purchase was more of an educational experiment, as I'm quite fond of Barolos. I find AmByth's expression of nebbiolo to be impressive - definitely of a "new world" nature - but well made nonetheless. If you encounter this wine, all I ask is that you give it time to open up. It will soar with exposure to oxygen over time. Promise :)

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