Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ugo Lequio - Barbaresco 2010

Ugo Lequio
32€(37$) Wine-searcher average price

This wine comes from an old and respected "Cru", Gallina Vineyard, in the lovely village of Neive, about 1,5 kilometers east from Barbaresco. If you ever go there, I would highly recommend the Enoteca "L`aromatorio", a fantastic Wine bar/Restaurant with traditional Piemontese cuisine, and a stunning wine list.
Barbarescos of Ugo Lequio are aged between 20 to 30 months in Slavonian casks, so much more than the 9 months minimum. Very transparent color, even for a Nebbiolo, but its not really a surprise because the producer is traditional, and wine has not seen new oak. Also wines from the Gallina "cru" tend to be very light in color.
Nose is somewhat tight; some leather, cherries and earth. But I had a flu, few weeks back, so I could have some issues with that.
First attack is beautiful; restrained, yet intense and delicious fruitiness, leather, black tea, eukalyptys. Elegant floralness. Nice accidity. It`s a young wine still, no doubt, tannins are big, but with decanting they do become smoother.
Nice finish and a long, bitterish after taste, where I also got some spicy black tea.
A classical Barbaresco, full of classical Nebbiolo beauty.

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