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In London for tastings and meetings the other day, all was concluded at an appropriate hour for me to take up a kind invitation for lunch in the offices of a rather fine wine importer. (Their wines being rather more than rather fine, I didn't hesitate to accept.)

All wines tasted over lunch were excellent, yet one stood out for sheer, delicious drink-ability. And looking closer and then closer yet, its layed piling themselves upon my nose and palate, making for a truly complex vinous experience.

My question about availability was met with a positive response, which is why I can now bring this admirably good-value fine wine to your attention.

Here's the gen:

2011 Barolo, Tenuta Rocca £132 in bond per 6  Drink 2017-22

The nose is extremely lovely, offering some of the ripe warmth of the vintage without any loss of focus. And we're not drinking this wine because we're on the hunt for experiences ethereal or diaphanous: this is assertively complex on both nose and palate.

Aromas I find include a cream of ripe dark fruit nuanced by scents of wet pipe tobacco, mint, smoke and a faint lick of coconut from the wood. With a little aeration, a note of nori emerges.

The palate is coolly ripe, with superb and instant structure in evidence. Fruit is plush and dark and spiced: utterly delicious. And there's lovely grip to take one forward toward the very long finish.

This is a welcoming Barolo showing a riveting array of smells and flavours. Lamb, please. Or beef. Heavens, a Cornish pasty would do this no harm whatsoever...

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