Sensory profile One’s gaze is captured by this wine’s dense, brocade-like weave and the supple fluidity of an extract-rich, liquorous nectare. Vibrant and luminous, it alternately suggests the joyous warmth of a ruby and the brooding depth of the garnet, while its frank transparency conjures up the patent generosity of an open pomegranate, with all the sensory promises it implies. Its aromatic presentation guides the taster, by the hand in the dark, as it were, on a journey of gradual discovery, wafting through an incense- and toastiness-laden vestibule, by a bazaar of rich spices, a market stall offering sun-dried fruits, and a liqueur shop, finally arriving intoxicatingly rapt in an etherous sphere, at one with the wine’s divine breath. After a few moments of breathing, the wine offers its floral component, with Janus-like presentation of both sweet and dry, while the fruit expresses a Protean evolution through compotes and caramelisations. Complex and elegant, the palate plays an elegant counterpoint to the impressions experienced to this point. The wine, smooth as shot silk, caresses the lips, then crisp, energy-infused fruit leaves long-lingering sensations as it traverses the initial taste buds and tongue as the wine, dense yet pleasantly peppery, makes its way to the throat. Throughout its breadth and length, it exhibits essences of the sweet and the spiritous in an interpenetrating duet. The tannin on the finish seals and crowns the dry, clean-edged harmony of a panoply of beautifully-melded elements.
Pairings Partners for this wine should be likewise complex, full-bodied, generous, and, finally, display equally well-melded components. Elegantly aromatic meats and cheeses, as well as braises, filets, and boiled meats, liver, and Castelmagno, Bitti, and Frant cheeses.