2007 Socre, Barbaresco DOCG, Cuneo, Piedmonte, Italy.
This remarkably pure Barbaresco is refined and full of vibrant layers that include candied cherries, tangy plum, truffles, tarry briar notes, herbs and anise with a nice streak of minerallity. I have not had Socre prior, and I was very impressed with the quality of what I tasted and it is a clear and vivid Nebbiolo that is impeccably balanced and firmly structured with acidity and tannins, in a classic way. The intention of making an honest wine that shows the grape and terroir was achieved and without question it should drink nicely for another decade giving loads of pleasure and developing Burgundy like character and gain in bouquet and secondary elements like tea spices and dried flower notes that are only just hinted at now. This subtle Barbaresco may get overlooked, but for those that have it will be rewarded with a lovely wine that speaks of place and the elegance of quiet charms.
($45-50) 93 Points, grapelive

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