Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2006 Carlo Giacosa, Barbaresco “Montefico” Alba, Piedmonte, Italy.
This tiny estate in the heart of the famed Barbaresco region only makes two wines from estate own Cru plots, and the output is unbelievably small, but very tasty indeed, especially this Montefico. Carlo Giacosa is ultra traditional and this 2006 Barbaresco “Montefico” is classic in style and structure with pure Nebbiolo charm and class. The color is more like aged Burgundy, a throw back to the old school wines of the 80’s and 90’s with touches of amber and brick, but with nice ruby hues and the palate plays a delicate balance of floral and earthy essences and with tannin and acidity not overshadowing the fruit, but always there. A lovely rose petal and cherry start on the mouth gives way to licorice, tar, black tea and strawberry on the mid palate, then all folding together nicely on the fresh and lengthy finish.
($60 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive