Do other hounds have opinions about this bottle of wine?
I opened it last night; it was my first barolo. Most of my limited wine experience has been with low and medium priced young California wines, so it was a departure for me. I'm not sure if the differences are a result of the age of this bottle or its origin. Probably both, right?
The first thing I noticed was color: the barolo was not a deep purple/red like the wines I'm used to. It was more transparent and had a burgundy/brown hue to it.
Taste-wise, it was much less jammy and slightly oaky. The tannins had definitely cooled off, and I could taste a few layers of flavor but can't describe them properly. The wine did have a bit of a zing, as it left an almost tingly feeling on my tongue after I was done.
Is this description normal for barolo, or did I get a bizarre bottle? I'm just trying to get a sense of what I'm looking for here.
The bottle was going for $30, which from what I can tell is a decent price for that winery.
Favorite Italian Wine I've had so far: the Allegrini La Grola (forget the year, 2003?). That was one delicious, fruity, full-bodied wine-I-want-to-chug.
The barolo was more a wine I wanted to have with food.