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  • Ken double-decanted this a couple of hours before we had it. It was still tight, but kept opening aromatically after we decanted it again, and really hit its stride about 4 hours after being opened. Just a spectacular bottle of wine with haunting aromatic complexity, and a remarkable combination of power and finesse on the palate. The aromatics keep evolving - redder fruited at first, then turning darker and more herbal with some air, and eventually taking on more savoury sandalwood, balsamic, lightly spicy, and dried floral notes along with with a low-toned earthiness. The palate - well, just wow. Seamless. Everything comes together into a whole that's far beyond the sum of the flavour components, and there's a sense of restrained power here. Lots of intensity to the fruit, but still some tannic grip and faint bitterness on the back end. An incredible, thrilling wine.

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  • [Dinner at Salil's. Double decanted for 1.5 hours at 4pm.] Muted nose of black cherries and licorice. Tight on the palate.
    Two more hours in an open decanter: Now it's beginning to sing. Loads of red fruit and fruitcake in the nose. Juicy red fruit, licorice and roses. Vibrant and exciting. One of the best non-riserva Fallettos ever.

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  • Barolo 2004 with the Jeroboam Club (Little Shop and Pantry, Bristol): Heavily oxidative. Very light, strawberry coloration, tending to orange at the rim. Sherry notes on the very lean nose, obscuring the strawberry and cherry cough linctus underneath. Disjointed on the palate - there's sweet fruit but a sherry overlay I can't really get past. NR

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  • Pronounced nose intensity with notes of red and black fruits, spices, toast, earth. Medium+ acidity and medium+ tannin.

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  • Anise, tar, violets, cloves, cherries, plums, leather, tobacco, soy sauce. Very youthful, decanted for an hour and it wasn't enough. Deep and dark, maybe a touch ambering at the edges? Would never know this is a 25 year old wine. Cork was spongy in the middle and broke off half way. Once more bottle and I'll hold it a few years. A beautiful bottle.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    1999 Barolo: Brilliance, Intensity and Class (Aug 2014), 11/1/2012, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Barolo 1999: The Forgotten Vintage (May 2006), (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2002, IWC Issue #105, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    7/13/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba) Bricking dark ruby color with pale meniscus; appelaing, somewhat lifted, dried roses, ripe cherry, light chocolate, dried berry nose with incipient ginger cake; tight, well structured, tight, dried cherry, dried berry, baked plum palate heading toward ginger cake palate; needs 5+ years; long finish 93+ points
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/3/2004, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba) Licorice, cherry nose; tasty cherry, licorice, caramel palate; medium finish 93+ pts.

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