It’s not often, in all my length of time drinking and enjoying wine, that I’ve awarded a “perfect” score to a wine.  It’s happened before, but it’s few.  Last night was another such occurence. 
The 1990 Vietti Barolo Villero Riserva is just that wine.  If you are fortunate enough to have this wine in your cellar, now is the time to try it.  It was decanted for 3 hours. It’s a gorgeous dark red, belying it’s age. The nose is captivating:  sweet berry and cherry fruit about, smoked meats, fennel, anise, flowers, sweet tobacco herbs. The palate is silky, refined, but possessing perfect balance between fruit, acid, tannins. It’s powerful and elegant all at the same time.  It was perfect with the meal, roasted cornish hens stuffed with sausage and shittake mushrooms, wilted spinach with garlic, mashed potatoes; but the wine was the star. 100 points.

1990 Vietti Barolo Villero Riserva
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