2003 Paitin Nebbiolo d'Alba Ca Veja - Printable Version

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- VouvrayHead - 07-19-2009 06:58 PM

$18 13.5% abv
While a bit lighter and less complex than the few Barolo/Barbaresco I've had, this wine provides a lot for the money.
The nose starts out as a beguiling sweet cherry and tar blast, which fades into dried flowers and smoke after a while in the glass. Light to Middle-weight body, but fully flavored with red cherries and deep dark smokey chocolate.
Bright acidity, lots of fine-grained tannin. The tannin and acid structure makes me think it will age a while longer, but I'm not sure how flavors will hold up. The way it's drinking now though, I'm not planning on finding out with my other bottle!

- hotwine - 07-19-2009 09:38 PM

Interesting datapoint. I've not had any Nebbiolo (Nebbioli?) from '03, only sangio- based wines. But suspect this one might have quite a few years ahead of it. Wouldn't be in any hurry to pop that second bottle.

- VouvrayHead - 07-19-2009 10:37 PM

Thanks for the input!
It certainly has the acid structures, but I worry about the fruit dropping off and the tar taking over entirely.
That said, I have so little experience with this stuff. I think I'll buy a half case of these guys and try to do one a year until gone. It would be educational, and isn't education good?! [img][/img]

Anyone else have experience with aging junior piemontese?

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- hotwine - 07-20-2009 07:35 AM

Would lean more toward a full case, and sample at six-month intervals. All in the interest of research, of course.

- VouvrayHead - 07-20-2009 10:07 AM

That seems like sage advice!

- TheEngineer - 07-30-2009 12:30 PM

I would suggest that he ensure that this was a double blind experiment and purchase one case for each of us and we can support his "findings".

- VouvrayHead - 08-02-2009 01:48 PM

That makes a lot of sense, Engineer [img][/img] You all are so wise!

- Thomas - 08-03-2009 08:04 AM


In my experience, the juniors don't age nearly as well as the big guys.

I was under the impression that 2003 was an extremely hot vintage in Europe--that would likely make the aromatics and the acidity levels problematic.

What gives?

- VouvrayHead - 08-03-2009 08:33 AM

I don't have enough experience with the region to say much about how this stacks up compared to other vintages of this wine or other wines from the same rather crummy year. I can only say this wine managed to make it out in good shape.

I actually tasted it blind at the wine store and was really impressed. My initial positive reaction to it was supported by having it over two nights with dinner. For $18, it has plenty of aromatics, and lack of acidity is not a problem at this age.

Now I think you may be right about it aging much longer, but it is in a good place now.

- VouvrayHead - 05-15-2010 04:16 PM

Just had another. Nice enough on the nose, but none too exciting beyond that. Is it going downhill? Is it an off bottle? I don't know!!!
Only one thing to do... Open my last bottle soon.