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.
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(Giacomo Conterno Barolo) Light bricked cherry red color with 1 millimeter clear meniscus; tart cherry, roses, dried berry, sandalwood, bacon fat nose; surprisingly youthful, dried berry, tart cherry, anise, milk chocolate, dried cherry palate; long finish 95+ points (even better showing than last bottle I tried; decanted for 4 hours)
(Giacomo Conterno Barolo) Bricked medium red color with clear meniscus; deer jus, truffle, mushroom nose; mature, earthy, sweet, autumnal, dried berry palate with depth and grip, will go 20-25 more years; long finish 94+ pts.
(Giacomo Conterno Barolo) Nose of crushed hot rocks, some black truffles, sour cherry, mineral and fresh wet dirt. Great nose with a definite charred burnt element to it that adds to the complexity. Lush witn an amazing level of sweet fruit and crazy ripeness. Really explosive and complex with gorgeous inner mouth perfume. Still tannic but the tannins are ripe and lush. Long finish. This is gorgeous. Wonderful texture. This is a wow wine and will last 25-35 more years.
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