May 24, 2009

Cichin 2000 Barbaresco

We recently wandered around Park Slope in Brooklyn and happened upon a local wine shop, Red, White & Bubbly. Since we had the 2001 Cichin at Esca in Hell's Kitchen, a bottle of the 2000 Ada Nada Cichin Barbaresco ($35) caught our eye.

The colour of the wine was a dark garnet. There was some menthol on the nose when we first poured it. We should have opened the wine a few hours earlier.

When we poured the wine, there were few bits of sediment in it and the wine was still juicy and fresh. After letting the wine open up for a while, it became light and elegant with a little iodine and leather on the nose, very faint oak and cherry, light acidity, fleshy tannins and a slight menthol and drying finish. For $35, this was not bad for a Barbaresco with some age on it since most newer 2004 and 2005 Barbaresco's start in the $30 to $40 range and are not ready to drink yet.

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