An emergency session of the Dorks was called last week to rally around one of our members who was recently found to have some kind of head tumor for which radiation is going to start Monday. He could lose his taste buds--what a devastating thought. He provided all the wines; all were purchased at Chambers St. about two years ago.
1964 Francesco Rinaldi and Figli: a bit cloudy, brownish, earthy, dried fruit with a balsamic top note on the acids. Tired but putting up a good fight, and quite enjoyable.
1961 Oddero: Light ruby red, clearer than the Rinaldi, with classic tar and roses. Delightful.
1967 Oddero: Smack between the first two, browner, smokier and earthier than the '61 but with more youthfulness than the '64. Very good.
1974 Ceretto Bruate: Smokey, loamy, with shitake mushroom, cranberry and plum. More structure than the 60's wines, very complete. Excellent plus.
1978 Ceretto Barbaresco (I did not get the vineyard name, but I believe it started with an 'A'): very pale with cider and raisins which turn into sherry on the nose, dries out real fast. Over the hill, though my husband the sherry drinker loved it.
2007 Corsini Barolo: Very accessible for so young a wine, a factor of the vintage I suppose, with plum and black olives notes. Rustic style, fun.
Then for dessert, with a plain spice cake loaded with fresh ginger:
NV Vergano Barolo Chinato, a Louis Dressner import: Anise, menthol, absynthe, hotel soap, nutmeg, strong medicinal herbs. My first Chinato, and it will most likely be my last but for the next report.
NV Cappellano Barolo Chinato: an initial white chocolate nose turned into those little rectangular Andes mints with grenadine liqueur and mild herbs. Sweeter than the Vergano, but also lighter and my preference between the two. Can't say I would to drink it again, though!
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov