The Very Essence of Darkness
Sometimes a wine embodies, figuratively but overwhelmingly, a certain feeling. After I reviewed the '07 Soffocone, Josh Sweeney (@wineaccguy) referred to my review by saying "@stevepaulo drinks a rustic Italian landscape bottled and poured."
Sometimes wine is just that descriptive. This is one of those times. All I can do is try to relate it to you.
The 2004 Ceretto Barolo Zonchera is dark. Dark. Dark.
Wonderfully, sumptuously, hauntingly, exasperatingly, frighteningly, delightfully dark. If you wanted to pair a wine with a poetry slam by brooding, self-important Parsons students held at precisely 3:00am in a TriBeCa loft on the night before Halloween, I would suggest this Barolo.
So what's it like? Guess what it looks like... time's up... yes, it's dark, a dark blood red core that does lighten a bit to ruby at the edges. The nose bounces about with chocolate and espresso notes, along with some tobacco, leather and a hint of maple sweetness.
On your palate this wine will come off--all together now--dark. Predominant chocolate and espresso notes meet a full-bodied wine with smooth tannins. As dark as it is, it really does feel like a sinful treat. It's a joy to drink, actually, which makes it something of an enigma: how can something so dark make you feel so good?
Who knows? Don't care. Drink up.