Sasi's "B" day - Old Burgs, Barolos and Others (iCook Italian): I really liked this. It was a bit overshadowed by the presence of a 1934 Charmes-Chambertin on the table, but shock and awe aside, I thought this was every bit as good as the much older wine. Opened four hours before serving, it actually came across a bit sweet on the nose at first, with some cough mixture cherry and an inexplicable whiff of caramel and butterscotch that took a bit of time to settle down. Awhile later though, these drifted away to show lots of melting red fruit scents - all raspberries and cherry syrup and a little touch of kirsch - just before a beautiful rosy note floated in along with a tiny hint of tar. Classic Piedmont, and, it got fresher and fresher with more air, opening up with really nice red cherry scents. Absolutely feminine and just beautiful. What a bouquet here. The palate every bit as good. It had pitch perfect balance, with a stream of fresh acidity running through beautifully defined flavours of red cherries, and then dried earth, spice and mineral washed with just the littlest layer of beef stock. With time, it open up even more into a beautiful mouthful of pure, fresh cherry fruit. There was still a little layer of tannins towards the back-palate, but this was drinking beautifully, exiting in a finely focused finish that had a sneaky length to it. I loved this - lush Italian pleasure with a lovely sense of Piedmontese structure and nobility. While nice now, it has more than enough in its tank to go on for another decade or more.
Very good. this bottle was nearing the end, but still quite nice - bottle, cork and fill all excellent. Opened and decanted and tnen returned to its clean bottle. initially slightly orange with maderized smell. it brightened up with time and became more attractive. By 6 hours this was soft (for old barolo) with roses, earth and spice. the air made it more charming and it was enjoyed by our group only suffering in comparison to the 1974 Prunotto Bussia Riserva and the 1990 Monfortino.
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