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1991 Barolo and Barbaresco

chefdilettante Oct 3, 2008 10:03 AM

I have the gout anglaise for old wines and am always looking for reasonably priced, bottle-aged wines. From my reading, I understand that 1991 is a mixed bag for Piedmont, and I haven't had many wines from the vintage. Any thoughts out there on this vintage in general and on the '91 Gaja Barolo Gromis Conteisa Cerequio at $70?

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  1. girobike RE: chefdilettante Oct 4, 2008 03:05 AM


    Never tried Gaja's from that year. I know for a fact that Barolos and Barbarescos that are made in good years can last for 12-15 years easily (tried some), but that others than don't have the right stuff fall off after 8-10.

    Suggest you try a bottle and make sure you decant it. You might find like I did with some of the weaker yet older vintages that it opens up after 30-45 mins, then it holds up ok for 1 hour or so before it kind of wilts away.

    Every bottle will likely be different.

    1. girobike RE: chefdilettante Oct 4, 2008 04:33 AM


      Just checked with family. They said you'd be best served to save your money.

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