The nose was glorious in its evolution and truly showed the remarkable staying power of great Barolo. The nose was dark with rich, mature fruit, yet intense as dried berry gave way to crushed fall leaves, dark soil and mineral tones. On the palate, sweet dark berry tones were carried effortlessly by vibrant, acid-driven textures, yet what truly impressed me was the rich, meatiness to its dark fruit. The finish was remarkably fresh with lingering soil and mineral tones.
WINE TO MAGIC; 11/25/2014-11/30/2014 (TORINO - PALAZZO CARIGNANO): Marroncino scarico, un mattone di terracotta liquefatta. Nessun segno di cedimento nè soluzione di continuità tra la piacevole dolcezza gentile del frutto zuccherato e sotto spirito, le erbe amare, il legno di cedro e la mineralità vibrante. Bocca scarnificata, ma succosa e lucente, scorre soave. Sbalordisce la forza minerale e la persistenza fatta di una sottile texture che fodera la lingua come un panno di seta, e non la molla più tanto è masticabile. Sembra annacquato, ma ha una spina austera di acidità e legno amaro che lo rendono così gustoso, scende senza peso come un funambolo silenzioso. Dopo un minuto dalla deglutizione è ancora lì tra lingua e palato, e sembra di aver masticato una presa di tabacco da pipa. Incredibile
Past it's peak but still interesting. Very port-like with its burnt caramel, tar, and dried fig. For a fifty year old wine this still shows well but it's best years are behind it. It's always interesting to taste a half century of aging and this does not disappoint.
Open, nuanced and somewhat perfumed nose with dried apricot fruit and notes of smoked meat, tar, liquorice, tea, truffle, graphite and slightly mochaish but elegant wood notes. Medium bodied, supple and meaty on the palate with balanced mid-level acidity. Smoke, salt liquorice, charcoal, wood oil, tar and just beautiful tobacco aftertaste. Very fine showing. Complex and delightfully open with the fruit clearly aged, but no sign of palate getting thin.
Bobby Kacher Tasting and Dinner (The Boarding House - Chicago IL): Pale color, shades of tea. Incredibly fragrant start with plenty of dried rose petal with lots of licorice. Earth and spice on palate with moderate intensity, lingering red fruit in background, quite charming even if not at the same level of excitement as the wine's aromas.
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.
This wine, tasted blind showed a fairly light red center that faded into clear rims. It was quite funky on the nose for the first hour or two. It seem oxidized and showed raisins, tricking us into thinking it was an Amarone. However, as it aired the nose developed dried cherries, plums, wax and roses.
The wine also improved substantially in the mouth. It was rich and viscous but with crisp acidity and moderate rounded tannin. It was dry and serious. I would say this wine could have used a bit more fruit intensity to be outstanding but it was fun to drink.
This one would be made prior to the split of the brothers and was light brown in color. It is port-like and delicate. Nice but not exceptional. This was tasted at an Acker Wine event on 11/4/09 hosted by Antonio Galloni. 13 wines from the 1960s were
Wines on Thursday (Bellavitae): Best of the '60s Conternos I've had. A bright translucent ruby and nowhere near the edge of the cliff, amazing given that this bottle was run through a coffee filter. Pure fruit and a sappy, sticky texture.
An amazingly fresh and lively wine. It smelled like 8-4-8 young tree fertilizer, and fresh plums, asphalt, black cherries, minerals, and earth. The wine was quite balanced and fresh; the fruit was bright and young for it's maturity. Very awesome... I was a little disappointed that the wine did not last that long once the bottle was opened.
Getting to know the 1961 Giacomo Conterno Barolo @ Home: Beautiful translucent orange/rust color. Quite a bit of sediment. Very much alive, although I suspect this was at it's peak a decade ago. Much more secondary and tertiary flavors now. Leather, earth, mushroom, dried flowers and hints of balsamics. This possesed a very nice, sweet, bouquet that comes from extended bottle aging... almost a sweet old wood smell. Still holding its structure and it went very well with food. I suspect this will continue to hold at this stage for a while.