Pecchenino Barolo Le Coste 2004
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Ripe plum, verging on prune, with coffee and dark chocolate character. Full-bodied, with soft tannins that are very velvety and caressing. Chewy and concentrated. Sneaks up on you. A superb debut Barolo from Piedmont's best Dolcetto producer. Best after 2012. 800 cases made.
The 2004 Barolo Le Coste is a new bottling for the estate, and is made from one of Monforte's historic vineyards. The wine possesses outstanding density and length in its vibrant dark cherries, menthol, chocolate and toasted oak. While this isn't the most complex or powerful Monforte Barolo, the wine does offer superb harmony and refined, sweet tannins. The Le Coste sees a longish fermentation of about 25 days and is aged in a combination of casks and smaller barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018.