I Prefer These Kinds of Fireworks
We BYOBed these beauties to dinner last night:
This Travaglini, Riserva, Gattinara, Piedmont, 2001, was a Nebbiolo stunner. Gattinara is another DOCG region in Piedmont that, like Barolo, produces Nebbiolo wines. Once it opened up a bit, the rich, deep blueberry and raspberry fruit, slightly perfumed with violet, showed great aging with its complex black tea and loamy soil notes. Medium in body, the tannins integrated lusciously to give it structure but didn't overwhelm.
We also brought along this Malenchini, Bruzzico, Tuscany, year not noted, Supertuscan for comparison:
Brandy-soaked cherries and a chili pepper spiciness met with earthy and tobacco essences in this bottle. The acid felt more prominent on the tongue as well as the tannins. Man, they were not shy and I felt them acutely.
There were definitely some "oohs" and "aahs" at the table night and if this was the prelude to July 4th, I can't see what tonight brings.