Pure pleasure from a bottle of 2004 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo D'Alba, Valmiggiore. Flowers, tar and warm earth in the nose. Bright, sharp, cherry fruit with bits of wood, vanilla and a tiny bit of road tar in the taste. Full bodied and full flavored. Old enough to have some elegance, young enough to show some zest. Wonderful acid, long finish. Just plain, flat out delicious.
The rib steak with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice was inviting, tasty and a good match, but make no bones about it, the wine was the star here. 14% alcohol and $32 several years ago. One more in the cellar.