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About the 1974 vintage
1974 Italian :
The 1974 wine vintage was celebrated as a great vintage at the time and is now considered to be very good. The 1974 vintage produced a large crop. It was close to 1964 but less quality. The 1974 summer was hot and dry and a mild autumn allowed the grapes to ripen fully. The wines produced are characterised as being fairly firm and tannic with low acidity but good, rich fruit. The harvest time was very long and lasted through November. The wines have reached full maturity but continue to hold.
1974 Bordeaux :
A massive crop was produced but the 1974 wines were hard and tannic and lacked the ripeness of the 1975 vintage. Although the wines will not improve further with age, they are still very drinkable.
1974 Vintage Port :
1974 Port. Some excellent single harvest colheitas were produced. For the vintage ports it was a moderate year that was not declared by the major port houses. Despite a huge crop, very few vintage port-wines were bottled from this year and the bottles are very rare.
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Red, browning color. Beautiful nose with aromas of red cherries, tomato, flowers, marzipan and smoke. Juicy and lively on the palate with notes of fresh red fruit, strawberries, cherries and wild forest berries. Some smoke and incense on the midpalate and finish. Very lively acidity and surprisingly powerful tannins make this appear much younger than I would have guessed. Drinking very well and will keep doing so for several more years.
Elegant nose of rose petal, dried cherry, iron, and nints of leather, so fragrant and bold. Very impressive aromas after just a few minutes of swirling in a Burgundy stem. Palate is lovely, but a tad leaner than aromas would indicate. Brambly earthy dustry cherry with a slightly chewy rustic edge that is so classic for well afed Barolo. Seems powerful, yet nuanced. Long earthy finish as well.
*** 87 Points - Wine Journal *** Reviews " A real surprise. Typical minerally nose with the Merlot really showing through. Quite sweet an intense. Fine ripeness on the palate, open-knit with a touch of volatility. Spicy exotic finish. Much better than expected and a success". Neil Martin 2002
From the very good 1974 Vintage. The Feyles Alba is a powerfully structured wine, tannic and deep ruby. Deep red in colour with a rich complex bouquet. Characteristic and intense perfume, delicate and harmonic, with a light scent of vanilla and flowering vineyards. It is a wine of ample taste with a warm complex flavour, and persistent, of great harmony
The colour is still quite intense with only a little age showing around the rim. It has intense fruit, but not as much tar character as a classic Barbaresco. There still was some medium tannin and plenty of acidity. It had a full body and the finish was long. It likely would hold a little longer. This is a wine that should hold up to most very rich meat and game.
Barbera has long filled-in the low slopes and valleys of Northern Italy. It’s considered a lesser wine to Nebbiolo and, therefore, doesn’t earn the best grape-growing real estate (such as South-facing slopes on hills above the ‘nebbia’ or fog). It is designed to be drunk young and is the quintessential wine of the people.
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