Barolo vineyards in Castiglione Falletto, looking north from Tenuta Montanello

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A fine slice of an excellent Italian private cellar has arrived. We guarantee the condition of the wines, of course, and they all appear to be in terrific condition. The old Borgogno Barolos look spectacular - these are original-release bottles - as do the Oddero bottles, and the 1961 Fiorina Barolo, which has shown very well recently.

Produttori del Barbaresco 1979 Barbaresco

I couldn't help but make the comparison initially to older Chianti, with flavors of dried red cherry and dried herbs. As the evening progressed, the wine became richer and weightier with darker fruit notes of black raspberry and brandied cherry with intensity similar to the blockbuster normale bottlings of 1971 and 1978. (1/17/17). Jonas Mendoza

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Cappellano 1964 Barbaresco bottled by Troglia

Troglia was a wine merchant in Torino. Until the 1970s most wine was sold in bulk to merchants or private consumers, and then bottled for re-sale or home consumption — it's still quite common for producers to sell some of their production in bulk. We've had Cappellano Barolo bottled by Troglia back to 1954, and they certainly did a good job of it, using the funky, misshapen bottle associated with Gattinara.

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Cappellano 1973 Barolo (bottled by Troglia)

Troglia was a wine merchant in Torino. Until the 1970s most wine was sold in bulk to merchants or private consumers, and then bottled for re-sale or home consumption — it's still quite common for producers to sell some of their production in bulk. We've had Cappellano Barolo bottled by Troglia back to 1954, and they certainly did a good job of it, using the funky, misshapen bottle associated with Gattinara.

 

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Cappellano 1974 Barolo

One with a torn label (as shown in photo) - the other labels are in better shape.

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1967 Barbaresco

Not the Riserva, but no slouch, this wine is still alive and drinking. It may even show a bit more fruit that the '67 Riservas. With proper handling (time to rest, and proper decanting) this is a real treat.

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