Oaky nose with nice notes of vanilla and cocoa but it's also earthy and a little rough. It also has a touch
too much oak. The palate is at first oaky, herbal and a bit musty but develops very nice notes of fruits, black tea
and vanilla. Nice, long, fruity finish.
Berta Giulia (Grappa di Chardonnay):
Fragrant nose with vanilla and oak shavings. Also herbal with notes of citrus and green grapes. Not bad but a little
heavy on the oak. The palate is at first light, fresh and fruity, then turns quite sweet (almost cloying) and quite floral
(almost perfumed). After that it's drying, develops oak and spices. Fruity, oaky finish. The palate has an interesting
development but it lacks balance.
Berta Monprà (Grappa di Barbera & Nebbiolo):
Fragrant nose with wood shavings, fruits and berries, also notes of maraschino liqueur and polo mints. Interesting
and rather nice. The palate is at first light and sweet with very nice notes of citrus fruits and maraschino cherries. Then
it's drying and develops a fair bit of oak (maybe a little too much). Oaky, spicy finish with notes of mint and maraschino.
Quite nice nose with oak and olive oil. Also grassy with notes of vanilla and dark chocolate. The palate is surprisingly light
with a nice minty freshness and a bit of oak. It's clean, balanced and rather nice. The finish is predominantly oaky and
spicy and slightly disappointing.
Casale del Giglio Grappa di Petit Verdot:
Complex, unusual nose with notes of oak, allspice, bread and meat soup. Unusual and interesting but not particularly nice.
The palate is nicer, with notes of oak, vanilla. It's fruity (apricot) and fairly sweet at first, then drying,
develops black pepper and more oak. Grows quite hot. Hot, spicy, warming finish.
Marzadro Le Diciotto Lune:
Floral and quite woody nose with an unusual but interesting woodiness (not from oak, I'd say). It's actually quite nice.
The palate is lighter than expected and not particularly woody. It's sweet and spicy in a very nice balance with a fresh
note of peppermint. All in all unusual but balanced and rather nice.
(Aged in four different kinds of wood, if I understood the Italian on the label correctly)
Sibona Grappa di Barolo:
Quiet nose with wood shavings and citrus, also slightly musty and slightly sour (a bit like formic acid).
The palate is nicer: it's fresh with notes of oak, peppermint and citrus. Sweet, chewy and quite nice.
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