1989 Guasti Barolo Riserva

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You don't come across this kind of quantity for aged Barolo and never at this price point. When I was first approached about this wine I didn't have a lot of hope that it was really going to pan out, I just couldn't believe it. Guasti is a producer in Nizza Monferrato but they own vineyards in Barolo and Serralunga ,for some reason (I haven't been able to figure out exactly why) they decided to age this wine, only when the importer stumbled across it in the cellar asking what's this did he gasp, and buy! That's just what you should do, 1989 was a fabulous vintage in Barolo, full, ripe and complex and this wine is great, aged perfectly now but still has another 10-20 years on it. Risotto with Porcini, or Brasato al Barolo cook some of that up and buy some of this, a really wonderful wine to drink! (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian Wine Buyer)

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By: David Othenin-Girard |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/16/2013  | Send Email
This is an absolute treat. Drinking fully mature Barolo usually takes an incredible amount of patience (not to mention bank roll). Here we're lucky to see exactly what 20+ years in the bottle does to a well made nebbiolo. It's definitely a drink now type of wine, but it's still singing. The tannins have totally softened down to the finest possible point, the fruit is brambly and earthy, but still in the picture, soft and seemless acidity. Designed for lovers of well aged wine, but approachable even for the total novice. A totally fascinating drink for an incredible price!

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/15/2013  | Send Email
Roasted chestnuts, figs, buttered brown sugar, warm cherry pie and a long, detailed finish of leather, earth, mineral and very fine and polished tannin. WOW. This perfectly preserved bottle from a great vintage is drinking fantastically and priced for the masses. This has the mature flavors that come with decades of age but the freshness of perfect storage. Don't miss this bargain which would be at least $200.00 on any restaurant list. If you ever wanted to try great mature Barolo but were put off by the price this is your dream ticket.

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/12/2013  | Send Email
I love this wine and it is a very rare thing to find a 1989 vintage from Piedmonte and at such a user friendly price. This is rockin Nebbiolo! of great quality. Beautifully balance; the wine is medium bodied, but has richness and extraordinary aromatics (dry rose petals), with a seemingly unending finish. On the palate you will find tobacco, leather, raspberries with touches of anise and walnuts. This wine will drink well over the next five years or so, but you will want to drink this now and over the Holiday’s with friends and family. Buy plenty for gifts and stash a few for yourself.

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/5/2013  | Send Email
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1989 was a great vintage in the Langhe Hills and Guasti's 1989 Barolo Riserva is awesome! These guys are old school and I mean that this wine has just been sitting at the winery ever since it was made..., never been reviewed, just waiting for a day for someone to ask to buy it...Old School! 1989 was a ripe year and this wine shows the richness of that vintage with a luscious mouth feel that coats the tannins with a smooth, supple satiny finish. In the nose the wine is classic, earth, rose, truffle, smoke, wild cherries and seems an endless array of aromatics. Superb finish where it all comes together and at a ridiculously low price for aged Barolo!
Drink from 2013 to 2025

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 1/2/2014 
This is my 1st go at a well aged Barolo. The color is noticeably faded ruby clearly from the 22 years in bottle. The nose has the classic tar & roses I would expect from this old school wine. What blows me away is the fact that tannins are still fairly prominent! After drinking a ton of aged Bordeaux I'm used to the tannin being a non event with this much age. Loads of leather, currant fruit, oak spice & a lingering but refreshing acid to close it out. Super cool to try such an old & ready to go wine for a song!

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Varietal:

Nebbiolo

- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.
Specific Appellation:

Barolo

- Made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, these wines take their name from the village of Barolo. A maximum of 205,000 cases per year can be made from 3081 acres of land divided between 11 communes and more than 1200 growers. La Morra, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte and Serralunga are the most important communes and produce most of the exported wine. Barolo is a powerhouse wine in some communes but also more delicate in others (La Morra is the most delicate and Serralunga the most powerful). Recent technological and viticultural advances are remaking Barolo into a wine that is more consistent balanced. Producers here do not want to change the flavor or feel of their wines, only improve and eliminate poor winemaking technique. A wine of great perfume, body and size the classic nose of "tar and roses". Barolo is best served with roast meats the Piemontese classic would be "Stracotto del Barolo or pot roast cooked with a Barolo, game birds or powerful cheese.