Notes from the dump bin: 1999 Corino, L’Insieme
L’Insieme or “together” is a charity project spearheaded by Elio Altare. Eight winemakers from Piedmont formed a group where each made a wine called L’Insieme based on their own particular blend. In my case I tasted the blend from Giovanni Corino. After double-decanting the wine, I found it was firm so we let it sit for a few more hours. The wine morphed from tasting just past prime maturity to a mouthfilling wine with interesting perfumed and floral notes. Even Jenn found it rather good. If I were to try another bottle I would double-decant it four hours ahead of time. This wine was purchased from the dump bin at MacArthur Beverages.
1999 Giovanni Corino, L’Insieme, Vino da Tavola – $30
A Marc de Grazia selection imported by Bacchus LTD. This wine is a blend of 50% Nebbiolo and 50% Barbera with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Alcohol 14%. The nose remained firm with Bordeaux like aromas. In the mouth this maturing wine began with firm, black fruit flavors, polished wood, dry tannins, and an assertive finish. With air it developed blue, weighty fruit matched by integrated acidity. Though the structure remained, it took on cinnamon notes and a little coarseness near the end. This bit of ruggedness did not deny the wine from developing mouth filling flavors that became both perfumed and floral. ***(*) Now – 2020.