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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.
1974 wine Gift Ideas
The Bardolino wine is obtained mainly from the grapes of Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and possibly with the addition of other grapes minors. It has a brilliant ruby red color. It is delicately fruity, with hints of cherry, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, currant and spices (cinnamon, clove, black pepper). It has a great drinkability and an extraordinary ability to match the food.
With it's deep and rich, penetrating nose of limestone, menthol, hot tar, prosciutto, and black pepper. In the mouth there is great freshness to the strawberry fruit before the intense flavours of tar, earth, and dried meats come to the fore. Lots of structure here with a rich, chewy mouthfeel, Intense tannins which may outlive the fruit.
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.
With a light amber colour, reveals a nose full of elegance and character, where the dried fruits are blended with the light sensations of chocolate and coffee. In the mouth it’s an attractive, velvety and involving wine. Presents an excellent acidity, good structure and an amazing finesse. Persistent and desirable finish. Colheita, or single harvest ports, are aged in the barrel. Contrast this with vintage ports which are aged in the bottle and only have a short drinking window after opening. Colheita ports have had air working on them through the cask during all the years of aging, giving them a open-life of a month or longer. Lighter and more delicate than vintage ports, the colheita ports are immediately understandable and enjoyable to the novice port drinker and an ongoing pleasure to the experienced. 20%ABV Bottled 2014/2015
Barbaresco is an Italian wine made with the Nebbiolo grape. Barbaresco is produced in the Piedmont region in an area of the Langhe immediately to the east of Alba and specifically in the comunes of Barbaresco, Treiso and Neive plus that area of the frazione San Rocco Senodelvio which was once part of the comune of Barbaresco and now belongs to the comune of Alba. It was granted Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) status in 1966 and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita status in 1980. The wine is often compared with Barolo-another Nebbiolo based wine from the Piedmont area. The 1985 Bersano has In the glass this wine has a solid red core with red/orange on the rim. On the nose, there's cedar, mushrooms, and a bit of light cherry. On the palate, a woody note - teak or rosewood perhaps, with cedar. Rather ethereal. With time, lovely fruit emerges and the wine shows gorgeous, elegant maraschino notes. Mushrooms round out the earthy side of this. Given its age this is still a wonderful, complete wine.
Nebbiolo, renowned for its longevity, is considered the premiere varietal of northwestern Italy. It is used for the famous Barolo wines and is believed to have been cultivated in the Langhe district before the fourteenth century. Nebbiolo-based wines, acid and astringent in youth, evolve with maturation into some of the most well-structured, longest living, and richly scented wines.
This Barolo from the good 1974 vintage is a pale red, with orange browning at the rim. The nose develops into a classic barolo- roses, tea, cherries and slightly decaying leaves. The palate is alive with a warm velvet texture, pure cherry fruit with considerable elegance and amazing persistence.
Barolo lies just south-west of Alba in Italy's north-western Piedmont region. It is considered one of the finest and longest-lived wines, often referred to as 'the king of wines and the wine of kings'. Wine production is strictly limited to the vineyards located on steep hills around the towns of Barolo, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba and Monforte d'Alba, Despite the different characteristics of these wines due to the varied terroir, they do display similar traits. These include a garnet color, powerful structure, firm tannins and high levels of acidity and alcohol, with the capacity to age for many years. They are also characterized by their unmistakable aromas of tar and roses. Made from pure Nebbiolo Barolo is required to spend at least three years ageing, of which two must be spent in wood and one in bottle. For the added designation of riserva, the ageing time increases to five years. As the tannins soften over time, the complexity shows through with hints of earth, truffles and dark chocolate.
Medium intense color with slight orange tinge at the rim. Nose of wood, anise, deep berry notes, faint clove and lots more. Rich mouthfeel w/slight woodiness, rich dried fruits of cherry, blackberry, Plum and dates. Big in the mouth with a strong alcohol finish. this kept developing for at least 2 hours showing candied cherries later on. I was really surprised how big this was for being 40yrs old. Maybe not the most complex port but definitely delicious.
Topaz color and very intense aroma, slightly woody, a result of long aging in cask. Full-bodied, soft and velvety with distinctive flavors of dried fruit, which persist forever.It should be stored in a cool, dry, protected from light and temperature variations. The bottle should be stored upright. Established at the beginning of the century, Barros, Almeida & C0 - Vinhos S.A., is undoubtedly, one of the most prestigious companies producing and trading in port. Nowadays, the Barros Group is composed of several companies acquired or established along the years, and its position on the port market is an important one (about 5% of total sales) producing in its Quintas up the Douro about 600 pipes of port. Barros' Ports are nowadays famous, appreciated all over the world.
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