The 1958 Cappellano Barolo had that wonderful Piedmont earthy bouquet that tantalized our expectations. While there was some bricking in the color, the hue retained the gorgeous transparency of a much younger wine. On the palate the wine was pure, elegant, round and delicious. I believe with proper cellaring, this wine will last another couple of decades.
The 1964 Barolo Borgogno had quite a bit of sediment that yielded a bit of cloudiness to the brick red hue of the wine. On the palate however, the wine had great purity and a sense of place and was comparable to the Cappellano. While there was nice fruit here also, it was less so than the Cappellano. I would drink this wine up in the next couple of years.
1961 Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Gia Opera Pia had an unbelievable deep red hue that was more reminiscent of a 10-year-old Barolo, not a 52 year old one. The bouquet was heavenly and reminiscent of a great old Barolo. While enjoyable, it lacked the fruit of the other two and had a shorter finish.
|L to R, "61 Marchesi; 1964 Borgogno; 1958 Cappellano|
|Spaghetti & Meatballs|
Spaghetti with mixed seafood, Trofie pasta with rabbit ragu and Dover Sole were the main courses enjoyed by my friends before we popped open a bottle of 2001 Chateau Climens Sauternes to enjoy with our coffee. 2001 was a superb year in Sauternes and this wine is testimony to that fact. It has a lush fruity bouquet with a palate of tropical fruit. My only problem with Sauternes is that the Botrytis (noble rot) that creates the wine imparts a medicinal finish that distracts from my complete enjoyment of the wine.