Had a chess match with a friend the other day, and this wine fitted perfectly the rather contemplative mood.
Brezza - Barolo Bricco Sarmassa
47€ Wine-Searcher average price
Grapes come from the Sarmassa vineyard in Barolo commune, and this Bricco Sarmassa is made only from a small and high-lying portion separately from the normal Sarmassa, and is not bottled every year.
Quite silky and smooth on the palate; rose petals, bright raspberries/strawberries, liquorice, smoke and tar. Strongish acidity, and powerfull, but already a bit polished tannins.
The pure and intense fruit is upfront at first, but finishes quite savory and earthy.
Despite the dryness and almost saltyness, there`s a kind of "inner sweetness" here, which gives a nice balancing touch. The beauty and power of the finishing lift just makes me smile.
Has a minutes long, ashy aftertaste of cuban cigar, dried strawberies/raspberries, liquorice and tar.
A home run Barolo from a challenging vintage.
One of those childhood idols.. :)