A bottle of 1974 Barolo Riserva Speciale from Cantine Villadoria. The bottle is wrapped in hessiam burlap and seal with black wax. A coin is immersed in the seal wax.
Having begun as a nursery selling rootstock and cuttings to estates in the Langhe in the late 1800s, Villadoria established itself as a bona fide producer of fine Barolo and Barbaresco in 1959 in the heart of Serralunga d'Alba. This example of the excellent 1974 vintage from the winery's early days is still drinking beautifully, as most well-stored '74s tend to do.
Note a light wear to the label and hessian burlap covering. The fabric cap is detached from the bag, and the wax seal is cracked. We cannot guarantee the wax seals will not break further if shipped.
The fill level is not visible.
Note the absence of a condition statement does not imply that this lot is in perfect condition or free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing. Older bottles often contain small amounts of sediment. We cannot guarantee that the contents of this bottle will be free from the effects of age, cork taint, oxidation or other faults.
This bottle does not appear to be leaking. While we take every care to pack bottles securely we cannot guarantee that old corks and closures will not leak in transit.
Barolo is a red Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wine produced in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. Made from the Nebbiolo grape variety, it is regarded as one of Italy's greatest wines, and is characterized by its rich tannic structure, rust-red coloration and 'tar and roses' aromas.
Barolo is required by law to be aged for at least 38 months after the harvest prior to release, of which at least 18 months must be in wood. To gain the classification of Riserva the minimum ageing period prior to release is five years.