A 50 year old Barbaresco

barbaresco 1967

This was a generous birthday gift. You never quite know what you are going to get with an old wine, and 1967 wasn’t a strong vintage in most European wine regions, but this wine really delivered a lot of pleasure. There’s something special about drinking a wine that transports you back in time.

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Paijè 1967 Piedmont, Italy
This is 50 years old and very murky and cloudy, but it has some red colour still. There’s a bit of sappy greenness on the nose, as well as some mushroom and earth hints, but there’s also lovely cherry and raspberry fruit still, and good acidity. It’s drinking beautifully, with complexity and detail, fully mature but still with terroir characteristics – a real sense of place here. Juicy, lemony finish, and a sense of umami, too. 93/100

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