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New Old Barolo and Barbaresco

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We have sold many wines from this favorite Italian cellar over the years and we're excited to have a new batch of their wine - as always, we guarantee condition.

A quick note about decanting these wines: DO IT! In addition to our own recent experience(s), we have received numerous accounts from customers about how effective a very long time in the decanter is in permitting old Nebbiolo to show its best. At the very least you want to eliminate the very heavy sediment that most of these wines have produced, or it will severely compromise the wine. But years of practice have convinced us that given the wine 4-8 hours to breathe permits it to open and arrive at its peak; for example, last week we were treated to a fabulous bottle of Franco Fiorina 1964 Barolo that had been decanted for at least 8 hours - a very fine wine, that continued to improve as it was consumed. This treatment can resurrect a wine that you might otherwise reject out-of-hand if you had to base your judgement on the state of the wine when you first open it. If an old bottle seems off at first, by all means choose a back-up bottle, but if you dump the wine right away you may well be missing a real treat. Don't be deterred if you don't have much decanting experience - it's really not difficult, and we'd be happy to provide assistance and instructions if useful. Jamie Wolff

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Fontanafredda 1931 Barolo (handwritten vintage)

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I’ve rarely had a chance to taste Barolo this old, but recently a generous friend shared the 1931 Marchesi di Barolo. Apparently 1931 was a great year; based on that bottle, I’d have to agree. From the same impeccable cellar as almost all of the bottles in this offer, the wine had great presence, delicate fruit, and sufficient tannin to make it a real pleasure to taste. We can’t promise that the Fontanafredda 1931 will deliver the same, but we find it pretty tempting…  Jamie Wolff

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Fontanafredda 1938 Barolo

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