This opens with a lovely fragrance of perfumed berries, violets, incense and sweet cake spices. Cinnamon, clove and white pepper accent the succulent red cherry and wild raspberry palate. It’s fresh and elegant, with a smooth texture and supple tannins. Drink 2016–2029.
Lots of dark fruits to this with wet leaves and berries on the nose. A full body and super structure here plus firm tannins and a long, licorice and berry character. Better in 2016 but wonderful now.
The 2009 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello is one of the more detailed, vibrant wines in this range. Sweet dark red cherries, mint, pine, graphite and crushed flowers all take shape in the glass. The typical high-toned Ovello bouquet, slightly firm tannins and energy are all there, making this one of the more site-specific of the 2009 Riservas. In 2009, the Ovello is a bit more accessible than it usually is, even if I don't quite find the visceral thrill of the very best years.
Good bright, dark red. Sexy aromas of red cherry, raspberry, flowers and blood orange; showcases its cooler, high-elevation site. Not an opulent style but juicy, precise and penetrating, with very good lift to the intense red fruit and spice flavors. Fine-grained, suave, very youthful Barbaresco.
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