Barolo from the Big Cellar

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No complete inventory exists for this cellar, but from selling chunks of it over the last 10 years, we can begin to get a sense of its comprehensive scope – comprehensive, that is, in terms of Nebbiolo producers both large and small, famous and long-gone. There is still much more wine left in this cellar than what’s been sold, and since we’ve had many exceptional bottles from it we are always very excited to get a new selection. All guaranteed!

 

Among other things that you don't need to do a good job decanting wine: a butler.                                                

 

1961 - decant this wine!                             

 

At least a year has gone by since I last wrote about decanting old Nebbiolo; I continue to be impressed by the results that are yielded when the wines have hours to breathe after decanting off the sediment. And, by contrast, a couple of recemt experiences with poorly handled wine sadly reconfirmed what happens when old Nebbiolo is not removed from the sediment and / or doesn’t have time to really open up before serving. You can read about decanting on our website, and we are always happy to assist with advice, training, or even decanting for you, which works well if you want to pick up a bottle for dinner tonight. It’s really not in our interest to make life more complicated than it already is, but in this instance the rewards are really worth the effort! Jamie Wolff

 

Please note: wines from this offer will be available for delivery or pick-up as of Tuesday, December 5th.

 

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Cordero di Montezemolo 1971 Barolo Monfalletto

A consistently excellent wine — we've been lucky to get to taste this several times in the last few years. It needs a lot of time to breathe, and then it provides a classic example of fully mature Nebbiolo. Jamie Wolff

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Oddero, Fratelli 1995 Barolo La Morra 1.5 L

This was originally purchased by a wine investment fund called Emprimer; we don't like to discourage any motivation for buying wine, but as so often happens with wine investment schemes, Emprimer failed and sold-off their wine, and that's when our friend bought it. All along it's been properly cellared. In any case it's exactly the same wine as any with the Oddero label.

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Cappellano 1967 Barolo (bottled by Troglia)

One bottle has hand-written vintage.

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Cogno, Fratelli, Ristorante dell'Angelo 1961 Barolo (La Morra)

Cogno, is, of course, a very famous name in Barolo, thanks to Elvio Cogno who was winemaker at Marcarini from 1958 until 1990, when he started his own, eponymous winery. He was responsible for some of the greatest Barolos of the period, which we can still enjoy, particularly in the form of the superb Marcarini Barolo Brunate. How this bottle of "Fratelli Cogno" relates to Elvio Cogno (or doesn't) is a mystery, since thus far I can't find any information about the Fratelli, or about the Ristorante dell'Angelo. Still, it's intriguing... Jamie Wolff

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Cordero di Montezemolo 1959 Barolo

This wine's label has one of the earliest references to it's single-vineyard origins that we can recall seeing on a bottle of Barolo. Roughly translated, the relevant part of the label reads: "from the vines of the property Monfalletto in La Morra". By 1971, as you can see from the photo of that label, the vineyard was receiving top billing on the label. Jamie Wolff

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Cordero di Montezemolo 1974 Barolo Enrico Vl

Like some other very good Piedmont 1974s, this wine has a nice amount of fruit, and it's well-balanced — actually quite elegant. From an over-looked vintage, this is a fine value.

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