Mid ruby with brickstone rim. Initially a little firmer on the nose than the 1958, but more balsamic too. Succulent and still a little vibrant on the palate with minerally, iron notes. Great length but after a while begins to fade a little in the glass. (WS)
Anticipated maturity: 1981-2004
The 1971 Barbaresco comes as a revelation in terms of its precocity after so many years, partly because it came from a double magnum. Quite deep in colour, it offered seductive aromas of black plums, mulberry, boot polish and just a slither of marmalade. Silky smooth and plush on the palate, there is a melted mouthfeel to this Barbaresco that makes it completely irresistible. On the basis of this, large formats would seem to possess great longevity. Tasted at La Festa del Barolo in New York.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2035