Eric Guido

Location: Ridgewood, NY

Food and Wine Writer for Snooth Media, Chef, Musician, Poet, Wine Lover, and Workaholic. Owner, Chef and Writer for The V.I.P. Table.

My top ten Barolo of all time

I taste a lot of Barolo and I figured it was time to list some of my highest scoring experiences. Some are hard to find gems, but there are also some surprisingly affordable and available bottles to be found here. I know there are a number of aged wines here that are very hard to come by, but If you take nothing else from this list, at least take my word that is it worth buying Barolo on release and cellaring it to maturity. it's one of the main reasons I started my own cellar.

1. Conterno Giacomo Barolo Cascina Francia (1990)

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Average price: $596.00 from 2 stores
The nose was utterly explosive and captivating as earthy tobacco and tar with raspberry wafted up from the glass. With further exploration, musky notes with roses and a hint of black olive tempted the senses. On the palate, this wine showed its rich yet massive structure with dark ripe strawberry, tar, savory broth, graphite and lead fading to a long staying finish. This wine is drinking beautifully yet should continue to improve for many years. It’s absolutely stunning.

I tasted this wine in a lineup of Giacomo Conterno that spanned over three decades and it was the best drinking wine of the night.  Don't get me wrong, the '89 was amazing, but not quite ready and the '96 and '01 obvisouly need time.  However, the 1990 was firing on all cylinders.  Enough to make me buy some the very next day.  It's a beautiful bottle of wine that's worth every penny.

 
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