Three great wines for dinner in ascending order.
The Belle Glos 2012 Pinot Noir Dairyman was a excellent fun wine with lots of fruit and sweetness when it was young. Now it has matured into a great wine with cherry, bacon, blossoms, cool fruit, a full-body. It dense, structured and still has some tannin and a long finish. It is a typical California Pinot Noir which gets powdered sugar with aeration. 18.8/20 points.
The Rochioli 2012 Russian River Pinot Noir West Block shows why the winery is so famous for their Pinot Noir. With sour cherry, amarena, blossoms and a slightly sweetness in the nose, it is structured, mineral and has a long finish. This is a very complex and elegant Pinot Noir, typical for California. 19.3/20 points.
In vintage 2016 the Barolo has the finest tannin ever and so it is already drinkable with a lot of fun. The Giacomo Conterno 2016 Barolo Ceretta starts with almonds and cherry pit in the nose and needs a lot of air in the decanter. With aeration it becomes more and more complex with cherry and phenolic. It has a full-body, a lot of fine tannin, structure, a lot of glycerine and a medium- to long-finish. It is not so elegant as the 2016 Barolo Arione but it has more power and potential. 19.5/20 points.