I was tasting a couple dozen 1996 Barbarescos for a coming story on the 10-year anniversary of the vintage for the magazine, and I decided to bring a half-full bottle of the 1996 Gaja Barbaresco to lunch at the restaurant below my house at Il Borro. My children, Jack and Isabel, are here as well, so it’s a bit of a juggle with time. Combine this with jetlag, and I'm not sure where I am.
Anyway, I was having lunch with the children and I had a glass of 1996 Gaja Barbaresco and I asked Jack what he thought about it. He took the glass and smelled the wine.
“Strawberries with balsamic vinegar,” he said.
My jaw dropped. “What did you say?” I asked.
“Strawberries in balsamic vinegar, like we have for pudding during the summer,” he said in a matter of fact way.
Not bad for a 12-year-old, I thought to myself. But he is my son. And I was very proud. I’ll have to remember his description tomorrow, when I taste some 1996 Barolos in blind tastings in my office. And the 1996s are showing very well in general.