Maga (Barbacarlo), Commendatore Lino
Lombardy, Italy
Oltrepo Pavese
Filmy sunset red to orange hues, washed out rims, clearly and older wine that likely wasn't all that vibrant in its youth. Enveloping, expansive nose of cedar, meadow grass, leather, fluffy underbrush and smoke, roasted cherry fruit, slowly pulls back into itself and here too showing its age. Medium-bodied, the acidity is raging and tough. loaded with leather, animal hide, wet forest matter and grill smoke. Offers sour cherry, raspberry to pomegranate fruit. Sour lemon notes as well. A hyper aggressive wine and really biting, although this can be interpreted as a positive if you don't mind some volatility. Unspecified percentages of Croatina, Uva Rara, Vespolina (Ughetta).
87 points