2004 Parusso Barolo DOCG

The 2004 Parusso Barolo is made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, located in different vineyards in the area of Monforte d’Alba and Castiglione Falletto. It's aged in small oak barrels for a total of 24 months (not sure what type).

On the nose I get aromas of mulberry, cherry, wet earth, tobacco, tea leaf, vanilla, and oak. That's quite a few descriptors but the nose is actually quite muted at this time.

On the palate the first impressions are most definitely focused on the sharp acidity and gripping tannin structure. I'm always amazed at how much tannin these young Barolo's have despite the somewhat light color. I guess pigments don't have much to do with tannin but usually the lighter color wines are softer, except in the case of Nebbiolo. There are some nice cherry, mineral, vanilla, and oak flavors that do come forward through the grit. It's hard to drink this wine right now because it's just not ready but I can tell it's really well made wine.

Average Retail: $40-45
Vino Blog Rating: 8.5/10

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