Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Barbaresco Evolution

This will be my last post on the “Great Barbaresco Question” for now, but I had to write about what happened to the wine after having been open for a few days.

Saturday night, I made sure to leave a bit in the bottle, pump out the air, and put it in the fridge. Last night, 48 hours after having had it last, I poured myself the remaining wine to see how it was doing. Happily, it can be summed up in one word:


What a difference 48 hours can make. The wine rose from the glass with a dense perfume of coffee, clay, truffles (pictured above), ripe raspberries, and rose petals, all of the time it had spent in my cellar finally making itself known. On the palate, this inexpensive Barbaresco had taken on an irresistible silkiness that carried the darker berries and bright acidity perfectly. What a wonderful evolution, and a real treat on a Monday night—like the weekend’s last unexpected hurrah.


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