on Mark & Karrie's Rooftop (8/18/2008)

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I haven't written up my notes yet, but here is a list of the wines:


1974 Produttori Barbaresco
1958 Borgogno Barolo
1974 Borgogno Barolo


1971 Ceretto Vigneto Pittatore Cannubi
1971 Ceretto Vigneto Grignore Serralunga


1989 Gaja Barbaresco
1989 Altare Barolo


1988 Giacosa Barolo Villero
1989 Giacosa Barolo Villero


1986 Giacosa Barolo Falletto "Red Label" Riserva
1990 Giacosa Barolo Falletto "Red Label" Riserva


1978 Valentino (Rocche dei Manzoni) Barolo Riserva
1988 Marcarini Barolo La Serra

Some general comments:

That 74 Normale from Produttori was certainly the surprise of the night. It was in excellent condition. A beautiful Barbaresco.

I was one of those who liked the Altare a whole lot, tho it's very young.

The Gaja was gross in a way I don't think I've ever experienced before. The oak was so overt and unpleasant.

The 2 pairings of Giacosa were esp. nice. The 88 Villero is showing very well now and clearly out shown the 89 Villero which seemed a bit young and oafish after the 88. I'm convinced the 89 Villero will be great one day, but not last night.

Similarly with the 86 and 90 Falletto Riservas, the 86 is nearing its peak and is a great and glorious wine. The 90 is terrific, but in an odd sweet state that I think many 90s seem to be in recently.

I didn't have the stamina for the last 2 wines and heard nothing that made me want to rinse the taste of Giacosa out of my mouth.

I want to say what great hosts Mark and Karrie were and how nice it was to spend the evening out on their roof.




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