1961 Giacomo Conterno Barolo

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Sunday, December 30, 2012 - Very bricked, now the color of rosy tea. The nose on this is the very archetype of aged Barolo: vitamins/fertilizer, stone dust, roses, pie cherry/cranberry, a hint of rubber, and a ton of couture leather -- beautiful! My wine-life, one mostly of the nose, is premised on this type of wine; it is in my ultimate wheelhouse. That said: the palate of this bottle isn't quite up to the nose, having little fruit left, though it is filigreed and pure in its tertiary way. Cherry skins, more leather, and lots of minerality; quite grippy tannins. Decent length, but one hopes for just that little bit more, tonight. A delicious wine, but drink up. I am compelled to add a final note: spectacular and glorious on the New Year, especially, but drink it; it's pretty dry, now.

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