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Terre da Vino (Italy) Barolo 2000
What a treat, and what an outstanding bargain this wine is with three pounds off during March. This may not be Barolo at its most profound, but from a great vintage it is a terrific wine and very respectable expression of Barolo and the Nebbiolo grape. It has a healthy garnet colour and an immediately uplifting nose of solid, cherryish fruit but flecked with all sorts of little tarry, spice and floral nuances. There is lovely delicacy and savoury appeal here. On the palate this wine delivers a smooth, concentrated flow of bittersweet fruit, coffee and spice, all wrapped in crisp, though leathery and firm tannins, and backed by a lovely acid structure. It is medium-bodied but has a fine focus and concentration through the mid-palate, before a lingering spice and smoke-tinged finish. Delightful now, but will cellar for a few years too. 12.99, Waitrose