Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Grumello - Two Bottles From The Greatest Vintage Ever
But now, two bottles from 1964. Both these producers are mentioned by Burton Anderson in his book Vino (1980) - "Two important wineries here, Nino Negri and Arturo Pelizzatti" and he notes about the vintage 1964 in Valtellina - "Great, long lived".
1964 Grumello, Nino Negri
Nino Negri has been a frequent producer in the state monopoly´s assortment and their Sfursat 5 Stelle have been drunk on several occasions over the years.
This old gentleman has deep, mature, lovely Nebbiolo nose with notes of rosehips, dried cherries, mushrooms with a hint of truffle, raspberry licorice and moist forest floor. Very, very good. A hint of rubber comes along with air. From decanting this evolves for 3-4 hours and keeps on that level for 2-3 hours more.
The taste is big, round and with a fine dried up sweetness, with notes of dried cherries, rosehips, ceps and old chocolate. A long, warm finish. This has aged very well and are not in decline in any way. Very, very good.
90p (tasted 2014/10)
1964 Grumello, Ditta A. Pelizzatti
This hasn´t on the other hand faired as well over the years. The nose is a bit hollow with notes of sweet/sour cherries, orange peel, raspberry vinegar and a some animal scents. Still hanging in there, but barely so.
The taste is better than the nose with notes of dried cherries, old tobacco, lingonberries and dried mushrooms. A bit short but a nice warmth in the finish. Good with food but this is on the downhill slope.
79p (tasted 2014/10)