The 1980 Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano had seen better days. Still enjoyable, the nose was a touch volatile and sweetly oxidative, though that blew off fairly well with air, though in the mouth the wines was fraying at the edges, revealing its acid and modest tannins through a sheer layer of aged amarena cherry fruit.
The 1980 Giacosa Barolo Rocche del Falletto on the other hand was in prime, if mature form. A little funk on the nose did not detract and the wine was full and velvety in the mouth with some nice tannins still present. Rich with sweet cherry fruit, it lacked a bit of complexity perhaps but was delicious none the less. Call the Barbaresco 87pts and the Barolo 91pts if you're into that sort of thing.
Dinner started quite late, given that we were lunching until 4pm that should come as little surprise so we were off to bed quite soon after dinner so the three of us were limited tot he two bottles. A totally satisfactory second night in the Langhe!
Today, Sunday morning, we were lead to believe that we might be able to catch an organic market in Dogliani, which sadly is on Saturday as opposed to Sunday as we were to find out. Not all was lost though as there was a big festival in Dogliani celebrating the media, TV in particular, and as part of the celebration there were the requisite table of produtti tipici, some organic, but all vendors that we had seen the previous morning in Alba.
We ended up driving to roughly the southern reaches of Monforte as it abuts Serralunga. After parking the car in Le Coste di Monforte we made our way along the marked walking trail down through Ravera,where one can find terrific views of Serralunga and Castiglione, Ginestra, Colina Rionda, and Cascina Francia among other notable sites.
On our way down to the bottom of the valley that separates Monforte from Serralunga we paid a visit to the dogs of Ferdinando Principiano and his vines in Ravera. There has been a fairly important landslide here, just as one approaches the Principiano property, and while that in and of itself is not terribly important, except of course to the Principianos, the same rains and flows of water have exposed this terrific tableaux of the striated soil of Ravera. It's a fascinating view where you can see the layers of sand and clay, as well as roots sticking out meters below the top of the profile here. Really a remarkable site.