Jakes says "smells like not black olives, but green olives baked into bread." Initially, the palate shows leather, but then with air the wine broadens and softens and becomes more approachable and gives off warm notes of cinnamon, dried fruit and leather with light herbal notes. Jake's birthyear bottle, at the bar at Racines.
Amazing 37 year old Barolo from 1978. Didn't have a lot of time to decant before drinking, so decanted it back and forth between two decanters 5x times. Started drinking ~40 min after initial opening and then enjoyed over two hours. Fantastic evolution in the glass during that time. Initially very light with strong aromas of leather, green olive and dark fruits, evolved into a more powerful nose of leather, spice, coffee, cinnamon, chocolate and dark fruit layered over deliciously soft tannins. Perfectly balanced. Bottle sourced from Chambers Street Wines. Was sad to finish the last glass of this. Lucky to have such an amazing birth year wine.
beautiful, traditional barolo. In order to appreciate this wine, you have to handle it correctly - stand it up for a day or two, or remove from your cellar carefully flat then tip to 45 degrees. Remove cork carefully - this one required the Ah so and a conventional cork screw. There was the initial bullion, bottle funk and prunes from a dull garnet colored wine that could be misunderstood and abandoned, but wait. It was decanted and needed at least 3 hours to show its considerable charm - citrus peel, earth, tar, berries, leather, old tea, cigars- on and on. The residual sediment was aromatic and very bitter (decanting a necessity). This is a beautiful and substantial wine in need of knowledgable drinkers and proper food - great with steak, truffle/mushroom brushetta, autumn vegetables etc. Risotto barolo or Piemonte stewed knuckle of beef would be sublime. Do not waste this wine on the wrong time or food.
Brownish-red hue and an enticing, earthy aroma. This was very much alive and kept opening in the glass. The palate displayed great depth, complexity and focus and finished with considerable length. A great old bottle of wine.
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