I am a new member, and I don't know much about wine, so I thought this might be the right place to post this. I need help!
I have three bottles of 1961 Fontanafredda Barolo (for an image of the bottle and label we have, see "http://learnitalianwines.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/19611.jpg?w=455" ). My father bought them years ago for some special future event or other, but they've never been opened. Now he is nearing the end of his life due to illness, and his whole family will be together for Christmas next week. We've decided that this will be the special event, so we want to give it a try!
I've seen some bottles advertised on the internet for upwards of $200 each, but we're not wine merchants. Anyway, I cannot vouch for how the wine was stored - it probably moved house a few times, and it's also likely the bottles were stored on their sides, in the dark, but probably in not as cool temperature as they should have been. One of the bottle's wax cap is broken and crumbling on one side. All three bottles seem to have quite a bit of sediment in them.
My question is, how should we deal with these? I assume they should be set upright at some point to let the sediment settle. Should they be opened and decanted for a specific length of time? Poured or served at a particular temperature? Enjoyed alone, or with some sort of food? Any advice would be appreciated!