Cloudy, pale brick ruby. Fresh pine needles, black cherry then dark tobacco ashes, smoky bacon fat and tar. Incredibly persistent and deep for such an old wine, still alive in the mouth with tannic grip. Quite volatile with some tomato vine flavours coming through after time in the glass. Luckily these dissipated with more air. Bottles this old are always a gamble, especially as I bought this at auction. It was a real treat to drink a 51 year old Barolo that was so full of energy.
Absolutely beautiful, weightless, fully resolved but still some tannin lingering to provide structure. Tea leaves, VA, dried cherries, dried mushrooms, an old can of skoal wintergreen, autumnal funk. Maitake, shimeji, chanterelles or white truffles will really elevate this!
The 1964 Fontanafredda Barolo had a really pretty, classic nose of tar, roses, and menthol. Very little fruit remained on the palate, the tannins were fully resolved, and the acidity was prominent but balanced. While it lacked in brute force, it was beautiful and harmonious. Isn't that what counts?
Appeared promising upon opening...cork was relatively intact and still good color with only limited bricking. Decanted and consumed over an afternoon and evening. Unfortunately this was suffering from a bit of cork taint, you could sense the potential underneath but the wine was not drinkable.
Beautiful, lacy, traditional Barolo. All secondary characteristics now, but so weightless and yet powerful at the same time. Very minty on top of the floral nose. Red cherries along with iron and vitamins in the palate, which is completely resolved today.
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(Fontanafredda Barolo) Light medium brick red color with clear meniscus; dried cherry and porcini mushroom nose; tasty, elegant, dried cherry, sweet red fruit with sap and good acidity; medium-plus finish