Thursday, January 05, 2006

Castello De Poggio Barbera D’Asti 2002 wine review by (PB)

The sequel to my entry New Years weekend at (NW’s) paired this wine with clams Genovese. It is a very pretty wine with a crystalline, garnet look in the glass. It has a sweet bouquet and nose of cocoa and currants.

In the mouth it’s a tad hot but zippy. It is a bit tight on opening and just needs a little breathing room and a bit of a warming. (NW’s) cellar gets a mite cold this time of year...

There is unsweetened chocolate that is rich with tart acids with firm chewy tannins. Fruit is still locked up but it is there. Dried cherries come to the surface but tannins are still “chewy.” This wine with good potential just needs more time to mature. Maybe a year or even two would make a big difference. Raise a glass!

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