So the past couple of days I have opened these bottles, and I feel much better, more alive, it have almost been like a touch of blessing...
1980 Barolo, Fontanafredda
A mature, round, sweet nose with notes of moist undergrowth, dried mushrooms, rose petals, coca cola candy and wet dog. Intriguing. Not that deep or complex, but yummy in its own way.
The taste is velvety, light and very much alive with notes of dried raspberries, autumn leaves, dried mushrooms and old, stale chocolate. A little dry at the end. Nice, but this has started its journey towards its demise.
78p (tasted 2013/08)
|Fontanafredda & Conterno Fantino|
1990 Barolo Brunate, Ceretto
Besides a perfectly aged Grand Cru Burgundy, there is nothing that eclipse the aromas of a perfectly aged Barolo. Ok, a perfectly aged Madeira is also magical, but I digress.
This beauty offers up an ethereal nose with lots and lots of crushed rose petals, dried strawberries, dried ceps, cigarette ashes and some balsamic scents. Hauntingly deep and refined. Beautiful!
The taste is aristocratic, deep, complex and full of mature flavours. Lovely notes of rosehips, dried wild strawberries, lingonberries, mushrooms and autumn leaves. Very long and balanced, the finish just lingers on and on. Simply amazing!
94p (tasted 2013/08)
2004 Barolo Sori Ginestra, Conterno Fantino
Absolutely stunning! Albeit young of course, but this has the stuffing for a great future. But even today it delivers utter enjoyment. The nose is deep, complex, tight and focused with notes of sweet black cherries, licorice, black tea, freshly picked roses and pipe tobacco. A gorgeously perfumed note. Very deep. A sheer beauty.
The taste is very young, tight and concentrated with notes of hard cherry candy, rosehips, black tea and expensive leather. The finish goes on for over a minute. The tannins creeps up on you in the end. This still needs another 8+ years in the cellar.
93p (tasted 2013/08)
2007 Barolo Albe, G. D. Vajra
At first this young Barolo is a bit ungainly, but it opens up nicely in the decanter. Fine notes of rosehips, red cherries, tea bags, hard cherry candy and rosépeppar. Medium deep. Still very young.
The taste is young and tight with notes of lingonberries, hard cherry candy, licorice and forest floor. Even with considerable air there is a touch of foursquareness in the finish. Perhaps a couple of years in the cellar will smooth it out. Very good with food.
84p (tasted 2013/08)