Very nice. Has opened up from a couple of years ago. Not a massive wine, but great structure and integrated tannins. Somewhat explosive and great medium dark fruit. Much like a good pinot noir with more structure - possibly like a pretty good Burgundy but with somewhat different (nebbiolo) fruit.
Darker than I expected with a slight brickish hue. Pretty with floral and earthy aromas. On the palate, there was a mix of floral, leather, and cherry, with dark cherries showing stronger on the lovely finish. An excellent choice with the delicious food at Felidia.
Light garnet, with large orange rim. Not very intense but charming aromas of: jam, earth, violet, musk, white pepper, tar. After 5 or 6 hours in the glass, you can recognize some hint of rust. Medium body, sweet on the palate, but a little short in flavour. Nicely tannic and pleasant with food , but on the whole, a quite simple wine. Drink it up.
[Garlic pizza, meatballs] Decanted for ~1 hr. Mild red fruit and anise on the nose. On the palate, burnt orange, clove, cherry burst, tannins. As expected less fruit than the '97 Rio Sordo; found the '97 more distinctive. Cleaner (and IMO preferable) compared to the '96 Asili that I had last night.