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Richard Jennings
Favorite wine of the past month:
 
 
I attended a very satisfying and instructive retrospective of traditional Baroli and Barbareschi  dating back to 1961 made by Francesco Rinaldi this month. All the wines had been collected over a period of years from pristine cellars by Rare Wine Co.’s Mannie Berk. 
 
The wine that showed best of all, and which I have now bought several bottles of, was one that Rinaldi made but kept in demijohns for awhile. He ultimately sold some of those demijohns to a Turin wine store owner, Osvaldo Barisone, who bottled them under his own label. Trying both Rinaldi’s own labeled Barolo against the Osvaldo Barisone from the 1971 vintage, one definitely sensed that the one kept longer in demijohn had, by being aged longer in that format, managed to preserve much more of its youthful ripe fruit. 
 
So my fave wine of the past month, rating 97 points, is the Barisone version of Rinaldi’s 1971 Barolo: Bricking medium dark red violet color; aromatic, dried cherry, baked raspberry, anise, light lavender, light truffle nose; delicious, elegant, dried cherry, baked raspberry palate with a core of tart cherry; surprisingly youthful and should go 20-25 years; long finish 97 points
 
Richard Jennings

 

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