2004 Paitin Nebbiolo d’Alba, Ca Veja

09122009This past weekend, Candace and I were in Portland, right near the Willamette Valley, which is home to some of my favourite Pinots… so what do I do? I head to Vinopolis Wine Shop and grab an Italian wine. Hey, they had a sale on and I always like a good Piemontese wine. I did bring back 5 bottles of Pinot  – all destined for write-ups on the site over the next while.

A bit later in the afternoon, when we were back at the Hotel Lucia for a bit of a break, I popped it open and stuffed my nose in the glass. What did I smell? Rose petals in cherry juice with a touch of your next-door neighbour tarring their roof, with an edge of felt tip marker. ‘Nuff said. It smelled pretty good. I like those smells from Nebbiolo.

I took a sip and tasted walnuts dipped in cherry syrup followed up with a gnaw on a leather bootstrap… with a long and very tannic finish. The flavours are good, and certainly reflective of what I’ve come to expect from a Nebbiolo-based wine, but it lacked the build and linger of the good stuff. The middle gets lost somewhere. It’s wandered away in search of its big brother, Barbaresco and the better grapes.

Don’t get me wrong I do like this wine. I just don’t love it. After having the Barbaresco from these folks, I was just expecting more.

$18.99 (on sale from $21.95) at Vinopolis in Portland.

3 1/2 stars

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