Wednesday, 26 November 2014

What To Open Tonight...

Lets see - we are three - and it is wednesday - nine bottles seems about right.
And who would like to guess the vintage...? :-)
Notes to follow!

Monday, 24 November 2014

2008 Red Mountain Bell´ Villa Vineyard Syrah, Goedhart Family

After tasting the 2010 version of this wine I noticed that the state monopoly also had the 2008. Some keystrokes later I had ordered a few bottles. Time to pull a cork!

2010 Bell´ Villa Vineyard Syrah, Goedhart Family
This has a fine, medium deep, creamy nose with notes of veal meat, plums, white pepper, lavender and some wild raspberries. Some smoky note after a while. The 2010 had a bit more nerve and structure, but this is very good.
The taste is cool, tight and a bit seedy with notes of white peppered meat, red currants, plums, rubber and dried flowers. The finish is medium long, nicely balanced and with a good acidity. The mid palate is a bit thin though. Drinking fine, but I don´t think it will get any better. The 2010 will, and I just bought some more bottles of that one.
88p   (tasted 2014/11)

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Taylor´s Single Harvest 1863 & Other Goodies From The House Of Taylor´s

I got an invitation from Vinunic to taste the 1863 Single Harvest from Taylor´s alongside some other bottles, and I of course gladly accepted.
Jorge Ramos from Taylor´s made a captivating and interesting presentation of the wines we tasted and of the house of Taylor´s.

2009 Late Bottled Vintage
A young, cool, seedy nose with notes of raisins, tires, asphalt and dried blueberries. Somewhat dusty on the nose.
The taste is warm and good with notes of dark fudge, figs, asphalt and sugared coffee. Medium long and fine. Better on the palate than on the nose.
85p   (tasted 2014/11)

10 Year Old Tawny
A medium big, open nose with notes of cooked red apples, milk chocolate, white raisins and saw dust. Sweet and good.
The taste is big and a bit fiery with notes of white raisins, nut chocolate, dates and wood. A medium long, sweet finish with a hint of alcohol in the end. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2014/11)

20 Year Old Tawny
A soft, deep nose with notes of milk chocolate covered cherries, dried strawberries and a hint of aged balsamic vinegar. Complex and very, very good. A big step up from the 10 year old.
The taste is big and intense with lots of cherry compote, dark raisins, dark chocolate and some burnt rubber. Very long and very nice. This I want for Christmas! :-)
92p   (tasted 2014/11)

1997 Vintage Port
A tight, focused, seedy nose with notes of dark chocolate, lots of walnuts, figs and a hint of detergent. Ripe and complex, but still very young.
The taste is big and mouth coating with notes of sugared blueberries, damsons, dark chocolate and some blood & iron in the long, long finish. Lots of structure. This will need another 10 years in the cellar. Good stuff!
93p   (tasted 2014/11)

2000 Vintage Port
The only really approachable bottle of the Vintage ports. The nose is stunning with its dark, brooding notes of Christmas spices & Christmas cake alongside scents of figs, fried nuts and Valrhona chocolate. Gorgeous!
The taste is big and steady and somewhat mature. It has both power and balance and lovely notes of dark cherries, chocolate cream, warm spices and walnuts. Very long and very yummy! Will go on for years and years.
95p   (tasted 2014/11)

2003 Vintage Port
A still very adolescent nose with notes of crude rubber, ink, black cherries, raisins and asphalt. A bit closed. Very, very young, but promising.
The taste is big, tight and fiery with all the elements for something great in 20+ years time. Lots of tough tannins, concentrated black fruit and a minute long finish. Wait, wait and then wait some more.
93p   (tasted 2014/11)

2007 Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha
A very young, potent, dark nose with notes of ripe blueberries, asphalt, bakelite, figs and dark coffee. This will need time but the components for a future great wine are there.
The taste is very tight, seedy and intense with notes of graphite, asphalt, hard cherry candy, spices and concentrated blueberry juice. Lots of broad shouldered tannins. Long, long and long. Wait at least 15 years.
The best memory of Quinta de Vargellas I have is drinking the 1964 from Duralex glasses in a London hotel room after we bought it for a song in a wine shop after the cork dropped in to the bottle just when we were in the process of buying it. :-)
94p   (tasted 2014/11)

2011 Vintage Port
Boy, oh boy. I will not buy this, because I will be six feet under when this will be mature. But I envy those who will be around then, for this is a perfect wine in the making.
The nose is hauntingly deep and profoundly sweet and intense with a light, flowery note while the aromas of ripe blueberries, graphite, violets, green raisins and blood & iron take hold of your olfactory organs. This is the real thing.
The taste is the proverbial Muhammad Ali of wines - "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" - immensely intense, yet light and elegant, and then waves of sweet dark fruit rolls over the tongue, leaving a distinct mark. The tannin are ripe, sweet and polished. A masterpiece in the making. Just wait 30 or 40 years...
98p   (tasted 2014/11)

1965 Single Harvest
On the other side of things - this you don´t have to wait for. Just gulp it down, for this is good. The nose is open wide with yummy notes of autumn apples, chocolate truffles, bay leaves, caramel and a touch of iodine. Very, very good.
The taste is velvety and mature with notes of ripe apples, dry fudge, earth and white raisins. A medium long finish with a very nice warmth. Fully mature and drinking great.
90p   (tasted 2014/11)

1863 Single Harvest
What can one say when tasting a 151 year old wine? Impressed? Yes, but this won´t make the most memorable wines of the year. Don´t get me wrong, it is good, but it is more fascinating than great.
The nose is deep, intense and a bit volatile with notes of old wrinkled red apples, a touch of liquorice and some earthy aromas. Even ethereal. There is something extra with that long time in wood.
The taste is smooth and intense with notes of white raisins, banana peel, moist earth and old wood. A long, soft finish with a high acidity. Again, more impressive than great.
88p   (tasted 2014/11)

Friday, 21 November 2014

Looking Forward To Tonight...

...when Barolo Boys will be drinking these bottles...
Plus a few other bottles not shown in this pic - but rest assured, all are from the greatest vintage ever!
Notes to follow!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

1999 Brunello di Montalcino, Fanti Tenuta San Filippo

Almost 1,5 years ago I drank this beauty, and after tasting it, I got hold of some bottles. Time to check one out.

1999 Brunello di Montalcino, Fanti Tenuta San Filippo
Upon opening it is fairly muted, but after 2 hours in a decanter, it really blossoms in the glass. A deep, dark nose with notes of ripe black cherries, butter fried rosemary, lots of warm tiles and some new leather. Really fine and complex. Fresh violets after a while. Still young.
The taste is taut and impressive with a great mouthfeel and notes of red and black cherries, warm gravel, sweet flowers, rosemary and a touch of bonfire. A very long, intense finish with plenty of well mannered tannins. This will benefit from 3-5 years in the cellar, if I can hold my corkscrew away for that long...
94p   (tasted 2014/11)

Monday, 17 November 2014

Tasting Dinner With Cristal, Cullen, Echezeaux, Clos Vougeot, Tokaji & More!

"In the midway of this our mortal life,
I found me in a gloomy wood, astray"
                      (Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy)

I am almost there...turning 50 soon. I am also midway in the daunting project of drinking all my 1964´s. :-)
After this night and the wines below I am halfway there - 93 out of 186 bottles down the hatch!
Gotta turn up the pace!

On this night is was time for our annual tasting dinner in our tasting group.
All wines tasted double blind except for the ones I brought.

With the bubblies we first got some foie gras and then a perfect, succulent Coquilles St-Jacques.
2004 Louis Roederer Brut
It opens with a bang! This winner has a fine, elegant nose with notes of fresh bread, ginger, steel, smoke and a salty scent that is salivating. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and refined with notes of lemon cream, licorice, toasted bread and gravel. A long, balanced finish with a creamy acidity. Still young, this will be even better in 3-5 years time.
92p   (tasted 2014/11)


2002 Moet & Chandon Brut
When I tasted this vintage three years ago I thought much better of it. Tonight is shows of a rather narrow, flat nose with notes of warm bread, red ripe apples and earth. Good but short.
The taste is fresher and displays some fine red apple notes as well as warm gravel and dried flowers. A medium long finish with a hint of bitterness. Fairly good but in a awkward stage?
83p   (tasted 2014/11)

2004 Cristal
This is a show stopper! Still young of course, but there is so much to enjoy! A deep, beautiful, fresh nose with notes of lemon peels, sea weed, shellfish, cap gun smoke and a hint of toast. So, so refined and complex. A treat.
The taste is pure like a mountain river and displays notes of sweet/sour lemons, hard lemon candy, wet rocks and sea weed. The finish goes on for minutes. I would love to drink this is 6-8 years time, please invite me those who have a stash of these! :-)
96p   (tasted 2014/11)

2002 Dom Perignon
This is a very good wine but still I got a little disappointed when it was revealed, I expect more from Dom Perignon. The nose is deep, open and spicy with notes of lemon cream, freshly washed clothes, yellow apples and a hint of butter cookies. Very, very good. Yummy but not overly complex.
The taste feels younger than the nose with notes of lemon peel, ripening yellow apples, toast and assorted spices. A long, fresh finish. Very good.
Where is the cofffe notes? Go figure. Still young, this could evolve into a swan, wait and see.
90p   (tasted 2014/11)

For the first course we were served a moist cod with a pumpkin sauce, a great dish for these wines.
1995 Corton-Charlemagne, Bonneau de Martray
A big, mature, fine nose with notes of dried tropical fruits, coconut flakes, almond paste, melted butter and mosquito repellent. Very complex and interesting. Even a hint of botrytis buried deep down. Great.
The taste is intense and mature with notes of dried apricots, rubber, cold cream and dried flowers. A very, very long finish with a fine warmth. Lots of minerals in the finish. Fully mature and drinking great.
92p   (tasted 2014/11)

1999 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet, Jean-Claude Bachelet
And things got even better! The nose is deep and creamy with stunning notes of yellow apples cooked in cream and honey, cap gun smoke, butter fudge and summer flowers. Very old viney ripe. Just beautiful.
The taste is very intense, pure and hedonistic with notes of candied lemon peel, minced ginger, iron, Lemoncello and a hint of fine vanilla. The finish goes on for over a minute. Just entering its maturity level. Great wine!
94p   (tasted 2014/11)

2002 Cullen Margaret River Chardonnay
Shame on me! I thought that this and the previous wine came a rock throwing distance from each other. But you have to have a Superman arm to throw this distance...
One of the finest wines of the evening, this beauty displays a utterly gorgeous nose with notes of sweet lemons, candle grease, sweet minerals, bonfire in a distance and a hint of milk chocolate. A lovely purity and intensity. As the above, just entering its maturity.
The taste is stunning with a creamy yellow fruit and additional notes of candied orange peel, elderberries, a sweet minerality, butter biscuits and a touch vanilla. Very, very, very long.
95p   (tasted 2014/11)

For main course we had deer fillets with a truffle risotto and onions cooked in port. I brought the wines for this flight, so I knew what we were tasting.

1964 Echezeaux, Guy Leblanc
A wonderful, sweet, hedonistic nose with notes of dried strawberries, forest floor, cooked root vegetables, pipe tobacco and a hint of balsamic vinegar. A lovely nose with depth and definition.
The taste is round, sweet and structured with notes of dried raspberries, undergrowth, beetroot juice and pipe tobacco. The finish is long and balanced. This is a great bottle of mature Burgundy.
92p   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Echezeaux, Domaine Lafont
A deep, sturdy, ripe nose with notes of morello cherries, dried raspberries, espresso coffee, warm earth and a hint of truffle. Sweet and fine. A lovely maturity.
The taste is sweet and fine with notes of chocolate covered strawberries, Earth, old leather and mushrooms. A fine acidity. A long, soft finish. This is in a fine state of maturity.
90p   (tasted 2014/11)

2012 Echezeaux Les Loachausses, Anne Gros 
A different creature altoghether compared to the previous two glasses. A young, fresh and tight nose with notes of red cherries, forest floor, thyme and some new leather. Very pure and focused. In 10 years time this will be a stunner!
The taste is young, tight and promising with notes of hard cherry candy, root vegetables, forest floor and new leather. The finish is very long and intense. Needs a lot of time but boy, this will be good!
93p   (tasted 2014/11)

2012 Clos Vougeot,
This is even more backward than the 12 Echezeaux. A tight, tight nose with notes of blueberries, wild strawberries, moist earth, rosehip and a touch of licorice. Dense and structured. Will need plenty of time.
The taste is young and impressive with masses of sweet red cherries, rosehip, dusty earth and dry licorice. Some intense tannins and a high acidity. More impressive than enjoyable today. Wait at least 12 years!
90p   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Clos de Vougeot, Lamuriére
A big, sweet and somewhat clumpsy nose with lots of sugared coffee, overripe raspberries, moist earth and fried mushrooms. Very sweet. Some dog fur. Fully mature.
The taste is round and sweet with notes of cooked raspberries, moist undergrowth, licorice and old leather. A medium long, good finish that ends dry. This is on its way down but is drinking well on this night.
87p   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Clos de Vougeot, Marquis de Villeranges
Aaaah! What a wine! This beauty sports a deep, decadent nose with notes of wild strawberries, Christmas spices, milk chocolate, cooked parsnips and the scent of a perfect walk in a autumn forest. Just stunning!
The taste is perfectly mature with notes of ripe strawberries, forest floor, warm herbs, beetroots and some bonfire notes. The finish is long, structured and aristocratic. A beautiful wine.
96p   (tasted 2014/11)

A creamy soufflé makes up dessert with three bottles of sweet wine.

2009 Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos, Chateau Derezela
A young, seedy, medium sweet nose with notes of ripe peaches, roasted nuts, minerals and a touch of resin. Candied lemons after a while . Very good.
The taste is tight, young and concentrated with notes of vanilla dusted peaches, sweet minerals and resin. A medium long finish with a good acidity. Young but drinking fine.
88p   (tasted 2014/11)

2002 Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos, Disznókó
A big, creamy, sweet nose with notes of canned apricots, sweet almond paste, rubber, botrytis and detergent. Complex and very fine. I definitely hade this pegged as a Sauternes...
The taste is big, sweet and lovely with notes of saffron spiked apricots, fried nuts, detergent and over ripe peaches. A very fine warmth. This is good!
92p   (tasted 2014/11)

1998 Pinot Gris SGN Quintessence, Léon Beyer
A medium bodied, deep, mature nose with notes of sweet white currants, oil cloth, almond paste and some rubbery notes. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and intense with lots of body and structure combined with a very high acidity. Sweet apricots, warm hay, rubber and pine nuts. Very long and yummy. This is good.
90p   (tasted 2014/11)

Friday, 14 November 2014

2000 Château Palmer

Being on conference, I glance through their wine list, and lo and behold, this bottle jumps out of the page. And only 100 Euro! I´ll take one!

2000 Château Palmer
It needed some time in a decanter to really show of, but then - oh boy! A deep, decadent nose with lovely notes of sweet blueberries, plums, graphite, expensive tobacco and a hint of animal fur. Complex and very, very fine. Starting to mature ever so slithtly.
The taste is velvety yet with a firm backbone, with notes of black currants, plums, pencil shavings and tobacco. The tannins are perfectly integrated but leave a mark at the end of the long finish. Still needs 3-5 years. Great wine!
94p   (tasted 2014/11)

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Chianti Classico - Three Bottles From 1964

Continuing my 1964 mission I open three bottles of Chianti. Up until now I have been lucky with these bottles (so far 89 bottles tasted), only two corked wines and a couple of tired ones.
Not so on this night, one corked bottle, one cooked and one decent.
Well, on to the next ones! :-)

1964 Chianti Classico di Santa Cristina, Antinori
It started ok. This has a light, mature and medium deep nose with notes of dried red fruits, gravel, dried rosemary and worn leather. Fully mature, and maybe a tad much so, but still enjoyable.
The taste is better than the nose with more warmth and fresher notes of red cherries, dried rosemary, warm gravel and violets. The finish is a bit short and ends dry. Good with food but on its own it is a tad dull, even though the taste is better than the nose.
82p   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Chianti Nipozzano, Frescobaldi
This one was horribly corked!
No rating   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Chianti Classico Riserva, Castello di Verrazzano
This one was cooked. It must have been stored under the wrong conditions, even though there were no signs of any manhandling, label, level and cork looked good, but alas...
Dark sherry on the nose and very dry and liveless on the palate. Not completely dead but pretty close.
52p   (tasted 2014/11)

After this strong... showing of mature Chianti I had to go and get a bottle of Brunello that performed excellent!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

The Quest Goes On - Six Bottles Of 1964 Rioja

Another day, another tasting of wines from 1964, but I carry on... This time at Oscar´s place, a native Spaniard, who I thought would like to taste these wines. We all did. Except for one bottle, they were brimming with life and on top of their game. Too bad that was all of my Rioja´s from 1964.
Ah well, the 64´s from Chianti is waiting... :-)

We started with some cold cuts and two mature Riesling´s. Guess from which vintage? :-)
1964 Rüdesheimer Bilchofsberg Riesling Spätlese Cabinet Naturrein, Staatsweinguter Eltville
A mature, round, soft nose with notes of dried apricots, rubber boots, wet asphalt and candied orange peel. A fine earthiness. Fully mature and a bit weak.
The taste is semi dry and medium bodied with notes of dried fruit, band aid, grapefruit and moist earth. A medium long finish that ends dry. Good but I guess this has seen better days.
83p   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Erbacher Siegelsberg Riesling Spätlese Cabinet, Schloss Reinhartshausener
This is definitely more sprightly and fresh. A very fine nose with notes of sweet lemons, peaches, minerals, mosquito repellent and a petrol station in a distance. Complex, elegant and fine.
The taste is cool, earthy and refined with notes of sweet/sour lemons, white currants, dried flowers, rubber and a fine bitterness. A long, balanced finish. This has matured into a fine bottle of Riesling.
91p   (tasted 2014/11)

Then we moved on to the Rioja bottles. Oscar had prepared a dish with a succulent deer and a creamy chanterelle cream, and it went perfect with the mature Tempranillo´s.
All decanted one hour before the first pour.
1964 Viña Pomal Reserva Especial, Bodegas Bilbainas
The nose is beautifully mature with notes of vanilla dusted plums, red currants, stables and some oil scent. A high strung, deep nose. Some warm dust. Very good.
The taste is warm and mature with notes of ripe red apples, earth, Christmas spices and old leather. Fully mature and a very good drink.
88p   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Reserva, Ramon Bilbao
This bottle was the only let down. It started of nicely with warm red fruits, pipe tobacco and undergrowth but wit air the fruit disappeared and a red wine vinegar kind of nose emerged. Too bad.
The taste took the same journey, at first very good but soon got linear and lean.
74p   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Monte Real Gran Reserva, Bodegas Riojanas
My winner. This beauty consists of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo and 10% Graciano. The nose is velvety, deep and intense with notes of dried strawberries, plums, bonfire and some stable scents. Fresh as a daisy and with excellent concentration and class.
The taste is ripe and steady with notes of red and black cherries, dried strawberries, a touch of vanilla pods and some fine animal notes. Complex and lingering. A very fine acidity. A stunning wine, and this will go on for years and years.
95p   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta
This is a long standing favourite of mine, I usually prefer this one to the Gran Reserva 890. I have found memories of the 1978 and 1982. But this is my first test drive with the 1964. And what a ride! The nose is deep and mature and hauntingly beautiful with ripe red fruits, liquorice, moist undergrowth, leather and a hint of dill. Very, very fine.
The taste is full flavoured and velvety with notes of vanilla cooked red cherries, fresh stables, dill and moist earth. Very, very long, balanced and deep down yummy!
93p   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Gran Reserva, Federico Paternino
A tight, mature, warm nose that started out a bit restrained and even if it opened up nicely it had a restrained character all evening. Fine notes of dusty earth, black cherries, coffee powder and fresh stables. Very, very good.
The taste is mature, tight and warm with notes of red and black cherries, dried plums, cold coffee, leather and a iron note. Long and structured. Not as open and sweet as some of the others but very, very good in its restrained style.
91p   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Royal Reserva, Bodegas Franco Españolas
Having only tasted the odd bottle years ago from this producer, this was a pleasant surprise. The nose is deep, warm and spicy with notes of sweet red currants, warm tiles, tobacco and a hint of dill. From time to time it reminds me of a mature Bordeaux. Great wine.
The taste is warm, mature and round with notes of ripe red currants, dried strawberries, Christmas spices and warm earth. A very long, balanced finish with a fine warmth. This is great!
93p   (tasted 2014/11)

NV Moscatel Toneles, A. R. Valdespino
I had plans to bring a fortified 1964 for dessert, but the bottle had leaked so I thought that we could cope with the Rioja´s. But Oscar thought otherwise and opened this stunner for dessert.
This 100 yeal old Solera has apparently earned a 100p score from you-know-who. And darn it, he´s almost right! The nose is bottomless deep with gorgeous notes of balsamic vinegar cooked plums, fermenting red apples, decaying flowers, figs and raspberry liquorice. Impressive and hedonistic to say the least. Stunning stuff.
The taste is like drinking syrup, very viscous, with notes of Tarte tatin, sweet plums, dried flowers and expensive perfume. There is plenty of acidity to cut through the richness. The length is counted in minutes. A great, great wine. This will live forever.
96p   (tasted 2014/11)

Friday, 7 November 2014

Just Bought

Is this allowed? Buying bottles of wines from the days when Parker handed out 95+p to almost anything from Australia?
I can´t find that he has scored the 98 Mount Edelstone (I have, and I hope that this will prove to be a better bottle), but the rest gets an average of a whopping 95,33 points from the man from Monkton! :-)
The 98 Fox Creek is a favourite of mine, it even made the list of most memorable wines of 2013.
But I still wonder, with all this natural wine movement, is it allowed to buy these wines...?
Well, I couldn´t resist!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Drinking Tonight - 2009 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir "La Bauge Au-dessus", Au Bon Climat

To go with some left over pulled pork tonight, I opened this Pinot. A great move on my part! :-)

2009 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir "La Bauge Au-dessus", Au Bon Climat
It opens a bit shy but with only 20 minutes in the glass its strutting its stuff. The nose is big, deep and focused with notes of meaty, ripe strawberries, warm herbs, sweet liquorice, bonfire, red beet juice and a touch of band aid for added complexity. A scent of chocolate wafers after a while. This I like. Hedonistic and complex.
The taste is ripe and structured with lots of sweet red currants, dried raspberries, assorted herbs, raspberry vinegar, forest floor and a very fine acidity. There is some mature notes here but I think its just reaching its plateau. Great stuff. Drinking great on this night and on several nights in the future. The bottle just vanish!
91p   (tasted 2014/11)

2012 Malbec, Catena

A tasting sample from Vinunic.

2012 Malbec, Catena
This high mountain vine Malbec has a young, big, creamy nose with notes of dark cherries, plums, sugared coffee, pine trees and raspberry liquorice. Upfront and very good.
The taste is young and ample with notes of red and black cherries, plums, liquorice, raw meat and dark chocolate. The tannins are finely integrated and offers up some resístance. A good length. Could evolve with a few years in the cellar. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2014/10)

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Seven Bottles Of 1964 Barolo

These seven bottles of 1964 Barolo were drunk over dinner during the past couple of weeks. And the stock of 64 Barolo is far from depleted! :-)

1964 Barolo, Barbero
A big, round, mature nose with notes of canned mushrooms, rosehip powder, veal stock and some moist earth aromas. Fully mature and maybe a tad more than that.
The taste is mature and tight with notes of rose petals, dried red berries, red tea and earth. Soft tannins in the medium long finish. Hanging in there. A bit simple.
81p   (tasted 2014/10)

1964 Barolo, Francesco Pittatore
A smooth, mature, warm nose with notes of dried red currants, veal stock, mushrooms and some dried up balsamic vinegar. Medium bodied. Good.
The taste is big and brawny with notes of lingonberries, dried raspberries, chocolate wafers, gravel and mushrooms. A long and warm finish. Better on the palate than on the nose. Really good.
87p   (tasted 2014/10)

1964 Barolo, Zaccone
This has taken a step or two towards its downfall. The nose is big and disjointed with notes of dry lingonberries, overripe cherries, old leather and some moist cellar scents.
The taste is foursquare, big and sweet with notes of earth, sugared coffee, dog fur and rotting mushrooms. A medium long, dry finish. Still alive, barely, but not giving much pleasure.
71p   (tasted 2014/10)

1964 Barolo, Contratto
This beauty is barely mature and sports a deep, ripe nose with notes of sweet cherries, bonfire, sweet coffee and old leather. A fine note of ceps appears after a while. Deep and fine.
The taste is big and steady with notes of red and black cherries, liquorice, asphalt and dried flowers. Long, complex and mouth coating finish. Very, very good. This could be cellared until my 60th birthday!
92p   (tasted 2014/10)

1964 Barolo, Antonio Viberti
A deep, finely matured nose with notes of undergrowth, fried herbs, cherry liquor and warm road dust. A fine dried up sweetness. Some mushrooms later on in the evening. Very good.
The taste is mature and dry with notes of dried raspberries, gravel, rose petals and mushrooms. A long, dry finish with some foursquare tannins. With food, great, on its own, a bit on the dry side.
87p   (tasted 2014/10)

1964 Barolo, Fratelli Berteletti
The nose is a bit restrained, ever after two hours in a decanter, but the things I get when swirling the glass is all good; fine notes of dried cherries, rose petals, fresh mushrooms and a few tobacco flakes. Very fine. Understated and sublime.
The taste is bigger than the nose with some upfront mature cherry fruit and notes of bonfire, moist undergrowth, sugared coffee and fried mushrooms. A fine warmth. A bit of Jekyll and Hide wine when comparing the nose and taste. But very, very good all the same.
90p   (tasted 2014/10)

1964 Barolo, Schiavenza
Aaaaaah. This is soooo good! The nose just flows up from the glass, displaying its beauty. Stunning notes of cherry syrup, mushroom cream, fresh rose petals, liquorice and a touch of drying vanilla pod. A ethereal, deep nose. Just gorgeous.
The taste is still tight and concentrated with a firm Serralunga fruit, with notes of hard cherry candy, rosehips, ceps, wet asphalt and old leather. The tannins still have a good grip and perfectly follow the fruit in the loooong finish. A great wine. A perfectly aged Barolo can really be a thing of beauty.
95p   (tasted 2014/10)