Wine vintage rating 1968
1968 a vintage for Italian wines. In the north of Piedmont there is a small town that produces dry red wines that are particularly long-lived: Gattinara. Like Barolo, the wines are made from the Nebbiolo grape variety in a traditional way. When young, the wines are bulky and dominated by the characteristic tannins of the Nebbiolo grape. The wines mature very slowly. In Gattinara, a strangely bulbous bottle shape is used very often, specially made for very old wines: the depot should remain in the bottle curvature when poured out!
The Marchesi di Barolo also used a similarly elaborate bottle until 1968: the relief-like glass seal on the wine bottle was used for the last time by the Antichi Poderi in 1968 for the flagship wine of the house.
Weather in the year 1968
Good filling levels, good wine quality
Of course, the good condition of a wine from an old vintage depends on excellent storage. Above all, the wine must not have frequently changed cellars. Ideally, the wine will have rested in one and the same wine cellar.
But also the cork that sits in each individual bottle is very important. A perfect cork has few pores and keeps the wine stable. If an inferior cork happens to have been used in a bottle, the porous surface will begin to soak up wine and allow micro-quantities of the liquid to evaporate over the decades. Poor fill levels are the result.
A poor fill level therefore also indicates a high risk that the wine bottle could soon begin to leak.
The fill levels explained:
In the bottle neck (high fill to base neck) about 2 cm is perfect for wines.
Top and upper shoulder, ([very] top shoulder), approx. 3 cm is very good for very old wines.
Medium shoulder (mid shoulder), about 4 cm is only acceptable for rare top wines and in individual cases.
Everything below the red line should not be offered any more.