At first, a damp cellar smell and a raw edge dominates the backdrop of beautiful resinous fruit. As it breathes, the raw edge recedes, and the balanced, elegant fruit is more prominent. Still a bit disjointed, perhaps I should have waited another year or so and the wine would have been more integrated. Nevertheless, a pleasure with a fine dinner, showing diverse nose, taste and finish as it evolves in the glass.
Perhaps this wine is entering a dumb phase, but I remember it tasting better during the May open house at a local shop. Bold but disjointed, and poorly suited to the Tuscan food. Perhaps better as a wine to sip, or perhaps my second bottle will do better - the wine was vigorous and still has a few years.