TN: Barolo "Terlo Ravera" 1999 - Marzio Abbona

This is the second bottle in two months and where the previous one was rather advanced, this drank a little more to the pleasantly mature side of the spectrum.
A medium-plus intense, garnet core clears to a clearly bricking watery rim. Medium-plus intense on the nose, this wine is quite typical and shows clear signs of tertiary development in the form of barnyard and porcini, which complements notes of confected red cherries, dried flowers & herbs and an impression of road tar. After 15 minutes of air time, an iodine mineral note lends some more interest.

Weighing in at 14%, the body is nonetheless but medium-plus. This is mostly due to pronounced acidity, which is largely buffered on the nicely complex mid-palate and lends the red fruits considerable lift. Flavour intensity is medium-plus and because the medium tannins are soft and largely integrated, this wine makes for pleasant drinking. The finish does an easy fifteen seconds worth of balance before the fruit starts to fade, but remains interesting for at least another ten.
I’ll give this consumer-friendly styled Barolo 90 points and see little point in aging it further, as it’s at that elusive point where there’s still enough fruit present to balance the tertiary development.