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Young, middle aged, and old: A peek at the lives of three Barolo


David Bloch returns with his latest experience drinking Barolo.  I should add that the 1971 Osvaldo Barisone is not only an older wine, but in being demijohn aged, is a reflection of how these wines were traditionally made nearly 100 years ago.

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1971 Osvaldo Barisone (Francesco Rinaldi), Barolo.
Imported by The Rare Wine Co.  Alcohol 13.5%. This wine proved to be a real surprise.  Old Barolos tend to show a lot of bricking at the edge.  Not this one.  This wine was downright youthful.  Classic Barolo in every way – tar, roses, spices.  A treat to drink and likely to have another decade ahead.  My only nit would be that the wine does fade after about two hours after being decanted – hardly a problem though when consumed amongst fellow Barolo lovers.

2000 E. Pira & Figli, (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Cannubi
Alcohol 14%. The nose on this Cannubi was as floral as any Barolo I have ever had.  Very pronounced rose nose as well as other aromas of a flower shop. Wine was silky on the palate.  2000 may be a warmer year but Chiara Boschis has fashioned one of the finest wines of this vintage and shows neither signs of over ripeness nor heat.  The fruit was really sweet.  Crushed violets and vanilla.  The Cannubi provided that minty profile that sends a clear message of place. A regal wine with many, many fine years of drinking to come.

2010 Bartolo Mascarello, Barolo
The wine was real primary and even after almost a two hour decant struggled to give up much aromatically.  A very solid structure supports what will a decade from now be a magnificent Barolo.  A lot of tannins; a lot of acidity.  On the palate notes of raspberry and spices.   Roses.  Long and complicated.  It was really a challenge to drink at this stage but was educational nonetheless.

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