Saturday, 1 February 2020
12 Hours With A Bottle Of 1949 Barolo, Fontanafredda
1949 Barolo, Fontanafredda
A very nice looking bottle. 3 cm ullage. The cork came up in almost one piece. This was the evolution throughout the day:
At 08.00 - the nose is high pitched with some barnyardy aromas, dry red fruit and a dried up sweetness. The taste is dry with dried red berries and some VA. Not dried out though.
At 10.00 - now deeper and wider on the nose with notes of tobacco and moist earth. There is less VA on the palate with a fine, dried up sweetness and some mushrooms.
At 14.00 - a lot more forest aromas on the nose, even some truffle. Very deep and fine. The taste is more generous with notes of dried strawberries and tobacco.
At 17.00 - more open on the nose with lovely notes of rosehips, moist earth and wild strawberries. The taste has become more structured and delivers a very fine red fruit flavour with a fine dried up sweetness.
At 20.00 - the nose is wonderful with additional notes of sweet violets, forest floor and tobacco. Very elegant. The taste is taut and fine with a great mouthfeel, length and balance. If poured blind I would have guessed a 61 or a 64.
Old Barolo needs lots of air. If I had judged this when opened it would have got a 85p score. Twelve hours later it has blossomed into a gorgeously mature Barolo.
93p (tasted 2020/01)