Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of rose petals, leather, black berries and plums. Flavors of black raspberries, berries and a hint of cherries. Tart acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink now.
12/20/2014 Note: Opened my 2nd (and last) bottle of this vintage. It's singing now! Same tasting profile as in 7/2013 but tannins are a marginally stronger than in 2013 and perfectly integrated and consistent. Still drinking well at back end of drinking window, better than last year.
7/16/2013 Note: Popped and poured BYOW from my cellar to restaurant. Medium body, nicely balanced dark berry fruit. Easy drinking with just the right degree of complexity to make it interesting. Medium finish. Light tannins more notable on the finish that appears to gain strength 30 min later. Not powerful but elegant. This wine is peaking now and should stay that way for a few years more.
Dark red in color. Restrained aromas of black cherry, violets, licorice and incense gives way to a medium bodied wine that shows sweet crushed red fruits, medium acidity, discernible wood and fine grainy tannins on the finish. At least this bottle felt a bit shut down on the nose.
A Randy Birthday (The Straits Wine Company @ UE Square): Tasted blind. Aired in decanter for >2 hours before drinking. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of tea leaves and a bit of leather. Don't get much fruit. ?Developing. On the palate, high acidity, medium+ alcohol, medium+ silky tannins, medium+ body. Medium flavor intensity, with flavours of black tea leaves, leather, and extremely shy red fruit. Medium finish. Good quality. I guessed a Brunello correctly. I think this could be in a dumb phase rather than past its prime. The fruit seems to be hiding rather than dead.
decant.veri tight.nt able to detect much fruits except tea leaves which my frnd did.as for me it takes hell alot of effort it get some red fruits n plummy taste.the fruits was like hidden underneath a layer of clay.tis is definitely too much for me to appreciate incomparison to arnaldo caprai sagratino 25 anni 1996(both rather similiar in a way without much fruits support).though tere mite b small group of ppl will claim tis is a serious stuff due to tightness strcture,but sipping tis bttl nw is no way to b a pleasant one.nt too sure is tis wat ppl call dumb phase??will definitely keep a close watch on tis bttl rieview by the communities here.a 89 pts frm me nw,but wil rexplore the same bttl again if given the chance to get it
Unlike some recent commenters' bottles, this one did not seem past prime. This one just probably was never anything other than a decent wine that underperformed in view of the year. Red fruit in medium bodied package. Nothing noteworthy about acid or texture. No secondary flavors of note. Enjoyable and without signficant flaws but nothing more than that.
Deep ruby red in color. A lovely nose contains classic upper register aromas of ripe black cherries, baking spice, tobacco and leather. A lush and silky medium bodied wine follows through with sweet-tart cherries, licorice and earth. All the components have integrated well with supple tannins, good acidity and no evidence of oak in the long finish.
Decanted and served. Long and showing some brilliant Sangiovese notes of fig, slow roasted beef, and bitter cherry. Intense acidity led to a lengthy finish with a pleasing integration of tannin. With time in the decanter, this gem seemed to fade, indicating that it is at peak drinking, and will not benefit from further aging. Drink now.
Still plenty of life in this one...a more reserved fruit profile than some BdM's...Cherry, leather, a little tar - all backed by still significant (not intrusive) tannins. This should be good for at least 5 more years.
Funny that I opened this up to serve with orecchiette and broccoli rabe. I now go to add a tasting note and see that I serve this with the same dish in 2011. It is not like I eat Orecchiette with broccoli rabe more than three or four times a year. Funny. Anyway, this was a pop and pour and served with aforementioned orecchiette with broccoli rabe. It is a Barese dish and quite good. The wine was quite good as well. There is a little cedar on the nose, and the wine shows some black cherries, cedar and lead pencil. Good structure and quite elegant. Very nice wine.
Good with my braised short ribs. I would agree with others that it was at its peak. Opened, but did not decant and hour before the meal. Earthiness softened, fruit came through just fine, could have used another 30 minutes. A little more depth than expected. Time to drink, no longer.
Fairly dark red with brown edges. The nose is medium intense and shows a good bit of earthy development. Dark cherry, earth and a bit of mineral. Delicious soft dark cherry fruit on the palate and a soft balanced finish. Will hold but seems to be at it's peak.
Drank a bottle of 1999 Banfi and CastelGiocondo side by side. Both were fully decanted. Both were excellent and very representative of good, aged Brunello with rich fruit, earth, leather, etc. These wines were in great shape. In my opinion they are drinking great now and probably will not significantly improve with further age.
Beautiful dark ruby red, with tannins that have mellowed considerably since last tasting. Black cherries, a little licorice, and subtle spice coats the palate. Medium bodied, seems to be drinking at an optimal peak right now - delicious! I've got a few more, and very happy about that.
San Diego WineSpectator.com Offline, 4/7/2012 (Casa Red Guy, San Diego): Tasted blind. Clear dark garnet. Fresh bouquet of blackberries, black currants, campfire, licorice, minerals. Firm, well-polished tannins. Powerful, well-structured, seems age-worthy. My #2, group's FOURTH PLACE for this flight. I guessed "good young bordeaux." Guess I'll buy more brunello.
Some leather and cigarbox at first. Over a couple of hours, some plum and cherries. This still tastes fresh. Should have a few more years ahead of it. Definitely opened up over 2 hours. Very enjoyable.
Popped and poured, complex nose and palate, with dried cherries, dried cranberries, red plum, fresh turned earth that turns toward the woody truffle side on the long finish. Based on this bottle, plenty of life ahead of this underated large producer.
Tasting with Ron at the Day Apartment: Showed best after 15 min air, then seemed to recontract a bit. The taught nose gave up slightly lactic tones before opening fully into a sweet tobacco panel of aromas which spoke most clearly towards the end of the glass. The sweet tobacco aroma reminded me of a Cannonau a bit--clear to see how some tasters consider this an unorthodox Brunello.
From 375. Dark. Reluctant nose initially gave way to dark fruit, spices and earthy nuances. Powerful black fruit, with black liquorice and cherries. In time the black liquorice gave way to some red liquorice. Intruiging. Long finish. I've had a half dozen bottles of this over the years, and there's been a bit of bottle variation. Not traditional Brunello, but a very fun glass of wine.
Color is medium purple and slightly cloudy/muddy. Aroma was promising, hints of vanilla, amber and light cherry. The wine was disappointing, yet interesting, in the mouth. Amber, mushroom and trufa are predominant with sour cherry notes (light). Texture is dry and slightly bitter. The wine was decanted and did open and soften over time but just didn't measure up compared to other wines I have enjoyed from this producer.
Medium ruby color with nose of sour cherry, dried leaves and cedar. Body has caressing mouthfeel with great tart cherry, a hint of cola and a wonderful herbaceous component. Wine finishes with amazing acidity. Good effort!
Popped and poured and served with food (orecchiette with broccoli rabe in case you are wondering). Followed over three hours. This speaks of Italy to me. Wonderful nose of black licorice and cherries. The black licorice is not the Good and Plenty kind; rather, it is those little mouse turd pellets you get in the bar or tobacco shops in Italy. Strong unadulterated licorice that leaves your tongue black and covers up that stale espresso breath. The wine has wonderful flavors of cherries and spice framed by that subdued licorice element. Italian plums as well. Nicelybalanced with some tart, sour cherries. This says "I am from Tuscany. I am Brunello." Delicious wine.
Very dark color; rich, intense, mature aromas. Very full-bodied, first impression of prunes. Was a great paring with a polenta. Over time, it thinned out a bit on the finish with a touch of bitterness, but was still enjoyable.
Opened and decanted 1 hour and consumed over another 1 hour. Dark purple with a touch of clarity at the edge of the glass. Started out a little coarse with dark and black fruit notes; opened up pretty quick with dark cherry and still gripping tannins. Showing no signs of decline and still youthful. Paired with bbqed goat and misc side dishes. Good to Very Good.
let breath in bottle for an hour, had to follow 1997 Fontebuia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. This wine not as big, we were disappointed at first. However the gracefully rounded tannins complemented a well balanced wine with long finish. much better than last bottle I opened several years ago.
Youthful color. Closed, somewhat anonymous on the nose. The taste starts out broad, somewhat spice in the midlle, a little tar. Too short after taste. All in all a little disappointing - I had higher expectations.
This gets an 87 because it has the delicate structure and layers that make Brunello great, but in the end this wine did not match my expectations or hopes. Nice cherry color in the glass after a decade (no brown wine here), and the nose is alive with spice. At first it was a bit bright/hot, but the fruit was there and the tanins were already softening. The finish was a bit short. Four hours later it was still a bit thin, but the acids and tanins had softened considerably. The thin thing with the medium to short finish is a bummer for me. I always romanticize about perfectly cellared brunellos blowing me away, but in my experience they show great structure and layers, but are not strong (they are thin), and the finish/fruit is not impressive. IMO, drink now.
Dallas 2nd Wednesday Group - November 2010 (Suze, Dallas, Texas): Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose is still slightly subdued giving way to aromas of flowers, plums and a bit of black berries and black cherries. Good flavors of berries, plums and cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannins, medium body. Can be drank now with some slow oxygenation in bottle over an extended period of time but I'd recommend holding at least two more years before trying the next bottle. 91+.
Great nose on opening (dark fruit, hay and herbs) and an awesome deep purple color in the glass. Taste was as expected for an older brunello, but not overly complex. Wish there was a little more going on. Very slight spice/heat and an extended, but not quite silky finish. Pleasurable, but not quite up to my high expectations, though it did improve with a couple hours of open bottle decanting.
Well I've given up on Banfi BDMs. My last bottle of this wine and it really unimpressed. Simple leather and some dark cherries with oak on the nose. Very light, almost light to medium bodied, tannins fully resolved and while elegant, non-expressive and completely uninspiring. Either this needs decades(I doubt this is the case) or this was a completely overrated Brunello. I am firmly leaning towards the latter probability. Short finish. Bye bye Banfi.
Beautiful dark reddish brown color, transparent at the rim. Smells of damp earth, black cherry with a bit of leather. Pretty decent in the taste department. Complex and layered. Better than expected. In Obidos, Portugal they make a cherry liqueur, Oppidum I think, with cherries right in the bottle. This Brunello has a bit of that going on. This is a big, full and rich Brunello. Chewy tannins, long finish. The oak treatment is not noticeable.
Massively disappointing. Opened two bottles and they must have turned somewhere. Virtually no nose whatsoever. Vegetal and chemical taste against a completely flavorless and wimpy background. Nothing even worth writing about. Will try another bottle in 6 months in case these were just an anomaly. (Editor's note: changing from 72 to flawed)
Deep red, brown edges. Dark fruit, pepper, cedar and a bit of meat. Medium wieght nose and some really nice palate. Some fruit and a certain balsam flavour. The tannins are resolved but the acid is holding it together. Decent finish.
Had this a few days ago with two other Brunellos (1998 and 2001). All of the wine showed a lovely wild berry (mainly red fruit) nose and plate, but showed a lot more tannin than I was expecting. This wine started out lovely - medium-full bodied, nicely concentrated - but the tannins clamped down pretty hard, even after a 3 hour decant. If you have some, wait on it - 3 years minimum.
Popped and poured, cherry, coffee, tobacco and barnyard in the nose. Cherry, licorice, earth and hints of plum on the palate. Enough fruit to keep the old world componets in balance and a nice moderate finish, that still had a little tannic bite, suggesting plenty of life ahead of this somewhat underated, certainly inconsistent brunello.
Dark garnet color. Awesome, expressive nose....Cherry at first then giving way to a floral/herbaceous note with strong black licorice notes. Palate-wise this wine still has great red fruit with cedar notes. The tannins are still going strong though and are DRY!! This still needs another 5-10 years, but was very enjoyable. 50+5+13+15+6
Deep, ruby red. hint of flowers on the nose. Nose developed nicely over an hour or two, but the floral notes faded. Tannins were most loticeable in the finish but there was enough fruit to keep the wine interesting. Should probably be held another year or two to let it develop further; overall appeal and balance may have improved. Too bad it was my last bottle. light leather and wood in the mouth. Quite tasty but should have been better for the vintage. Wish I had some more 1999s. I paired this with a pork roast rubbed heavily in pepper and sage, so it may be the food did not show off the wine as well as it could.
Dark, deep ruby red. Nice nose, nice feel in the mouth. Tannins a little drying, but not bad. Nice finish. Realy went well with food. Improved as the evening went on, although at about 2 hrs I wondered if it was fading, but came back stronger at about 2.5 hrs. Probably approaching its peak, but not there yet.
Dark, saturated ruby red, a little must on the nose followed by dried cherries, plum and exotic spices, attack is firm but really opens up on the mid-palate to reveal, plum, blackcurrant, blackberry and wood, finish is long, complex and layered
Would have warranted a higher score but as the wine aerated, it became more acidic and less complex
This wine is really showing well. It remains very concentrated with notes of red fruits, lavender, black pepper, cedar and nutmeg. On the negative side, it is a touch dry and it opened with a bit of a mossy, loamy note which made it tough to drink right out of the bottle. It blew off in about an hour. I've had this wine each year for the past 4 and it is definately still improving.
Popped and poured. Following the premature demise of the flawed Camigliano, I opened this so we could have something to drink with our homemade pizzas. A 1/8" clarity at the edge of the glass; red black in color. Roasted earth and dark, black secretive fruits on the nose. A smooth entry on the palate, with dried fruit, raisin, burnt tastes with some black fig and noticeable oak on the dry and slightly bitter finish. This would probably work better with boar or pig with some grease to the food than the pizzas. Good at this point.
The fruit took much more time to appear in the finish and bouquet than the first bottle I tried. It really needs at least an hour of decanting. Normally, I would say it needs more time in the bottle, but the finish is also a bit thin. Very good wine, but it really doesn't live up to prior vintages, especially the '97 (not even close).
This was a little lighter bodied than I anticipated but still very enjoyable. Decanted for 2 hours and had with lamb with rosemary. Nice pairing, the cherry flavors of the wine worked well with the lamb. Well rounded wine with soft tannins.
Deep color with bricking at the rim. Cherries, flowers, herbs and leather on the nose. Similar profile on the palate. Well balanced and structured. Sweet black cherry fruit at about the three hour mark. This is probably peaking about now. Very nice.
Decanted 1+ hours. Deep purple/red in color solid to the edges. Smells of berry, light smoke with overtones of herbs. Had a fantastic aromatic presence. Had with fresh herb roasted Chicken and it was a fabulous pairing. Didn't last very long though, it went pretty quick! Is drinking well now and probably will for a few years to come.
Banfi's non-monickered Brunello has always been the bargain brunello and when I tried one of this vintage back in 2004 it was quite good even young but knew it would need some time. Well, it could lay still for a couple of years yet but after an hour open and decanted through an aeration funnel it showed not just value but incredible value and polish; Beautiful nose, stunning clarity. It still showed a little too much tannin yet but a success nonetheless.
TWC 5-Year Anniversary Dinner (Crush Wine Bar, Toronto, Canada): Not decanted, poured immediately after opening. Dark ruby colour, almost opaque at the core. Aromas of smoke, black cherry, plums, blackcurrant, dried flowers, and minerals. While the nose is quite expressive, the wine is very reticent on the palate, just showing a touch of dark fruit at the moment. Moderate finish, ~30s, with more dark fruit. This is going to need more time in hopes of the palate catching up with the nose. Will wait another couple years before trying another bottle. NR.
no formal notes, underwhelmed me a bit. decanted for about 1.5 hours, restrained nose, medium-bodied. Mostly balanced, but a bit thin and a little tart. Not as 'new-worldy' as I expected. maybe it needed a bit more time in the decanter. lots of life left, i'll leave my other bottle in the cellar for a few more years.
This wine has performed well for the past 5 years, and this most recent example continues the streak. Ruby red, silky, smoky with great aromatic presence. Drinks "fast" at the table! A great way to introduce classic Sangiovese, and Brunello. Might have a few more years to go, but continues to perform so well, why wait.
Fantastic. No decanting. Just open and air for half an hour. Cherry, leather and olive. Supple with bright acidity and resolving tannin. Great structure and good length. Better than the All'Oro riserva of the same vintage I had last year.
2 hour decant which cleared a slight cork scent and allowed the mid-palate to fill out. Soft Italian nose, nice mouthfeel, rounded and soft supple tannins, becoming more pronounced as the night progressed. Enjoyable +++
aromas of blackberry, coffee, chocolate. same on the palate with medium body and smooth tannins. not much evolution or thought-provoking. failed to live up to expectations for brunello from great vintage.
This bottle showed as well or better than my other three bottles. Still a youthful rich ruby red color. Nose of crushed berries, cherry, herbs, and earthiness on the medium length finish. Nice vibrant acidity, medium tannin. This wine did not live up to my expectations. If you have them drink them, because I don't see these improving.
Deep red . Pretty un-interesting after an hour in the decanter. then the nose begins to show lot's of balsamic, coffee and chocolate notes. Not very fruity. Very soft with no real acid or tannin in the finish. Drink up!
Really nice, palate over nose by quite a bit. On that nose, stewed fruit and cherry followed on the palate by rich acidity and fine tannins with a lovely light yet tasty mouthfeel. Long finish lingers.
13% alcohol. Opened and served immediately. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of licorice, Kirsch and black berries. Flavors of black berries, cherries, plums and raspberries. Bright acidity, medium tannins, medium body. Drink or hold.
The best bottle of Italian wine I've had, ever. Please don't get too excited about my comment. I do not drink Italian wines too often. This one is more complex than any I've had, however. Drinking in a superb manner right now.
Ruby-purple on opening, inky after 3 hour decant. Dark fruit notes - plum, blackberry, cherry with herbal notes, firm but smooth tannins. Stunning with vanilla-brined roast pork with vanilla glaze. Great wine.
Lets face it, sometimes the professionals get things miserably wrong...bought this on ratings, but ABSOLUTELY agree with the amateur cellar tracker community on this...a great disappointment, especially at this price point...just not much going on here
Clear, medium intensity ruby/garnet. Clean, light intensity aromas of red cherry, cranberry. Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Flavors similar to aromas, with a note of earthiness. Medium finish. Just not doing too much. Hard to read this wine, and not sure where it will go from here.
This a very enjoyable wine but lacked some of the depth charaterized by top-class Brunellos. Surprisingly, I do not think it will benefit from many more years of aging. Drink your stock over the next couple of years....
Served with grilled rib eyes and scallion-mashed potatoes. Did not decant (as 'we' never do with Brunello), but this was opened for about 45 minutes while preparing dinner. THIS NEEDS TIME!!! There wasn't much going on here... notes of cranberry and cherry, with slight underbrush accents. Good mouthfeel with nice acidity, and firm tannins (it stood up to the rib eye). I think this is in an 'in-between' stage. It's starting to develop the beautiful secondary notes typical to brunello while some of the plush, ripe fruits from WS tasting notes settle down. If you've got some, hold for another year at least. 88-90 points at this stage.
Pleasant cherry fruit with soft tannins. The wine was a little thin with almost no mid-palate and a short finish. It resembles a Chianti more than a Brunello. Drink now, would be surprised if it improved with age.
Wow! If you have this wine in your cellar, invite some friends over, because it is ready to drink. Smooth, fruity, but full bodied. The nose doesn't do justice to what your taste buds will experience. I did not decant, and it wasn't needed. I've been sitting on this wine, but it definitely is time to drink. I've only been drinking serious Italian wine for about five years, but this is one of the best I have had.
this was a replacement bottle. the first bottle was corked and undrinkable, so I emailed Banfi directly and they sent another no questions asked. class outfit. the wine was very nice, but short of outstanding. a bit lighter than I expected. dark purple. good fruit. soft tannins.
Decanted for 2 hrs and drank over the next 2. Nice youthful dark ruby/cranberry color. Beautiful complex nose of berries, cherry, chocolate, spice and tar. Medium body with a palate of upfront flavors of cherry, cedar and spice. This is a little more "new world" in style. Slightly hollow on the mid palate leading to a medium finish. This is thinner than most other 99's I have had. Delicious but more Rosso di Montalcino or Chianti Classico Reserva like than Brunello. TampaSteve 89
Dark purple color with lighter rim. Slightly closed on opening but boquet revealed itself over time. Dark cherry, plum, smoke and spice on the palate, ending with almost a 45 sec. finish of cherry and spice. Definitely some tannins involved, but nicely balanced. Very enjoyable.
Second bottle I had of this wine. It was better then the first one a year ago. It's improving ( slowly ), but I will wait another year to taste it again. Opened bottle 2h in andvance. Then after 10-15 in the glass some nose ( some fruit ). Taste was still solid. Notting much to enjoy. It was not improving by longer time in the glass ( Riedel 416/90). Will not rate this wine.
Agree with Vino Me. Decanting for 4 hours and the nose was enticing showing cherry adn some oak aromas but the palate was thin and simple, not showing very much> Improved with aeration but a disappointment for an important meal. This probably needs a lot more time. 88 for now
Well rounded and delicious. Heavy on the front....but loses a little steam on the back end. Lots of good earth notes and just a bit of cumin spice. Wonderful bouqet of dried oregano and plum. Tannins still a bit immature on finish.
Poured at a retailer tasting. 3rd time I have had this wine. Inferior showing this time around. I tried this from 2 seperate bottles so I do not think bottle variation played a part. Most likely closed. Thin tasting with little fruit and some tartness present. Firm tannins. 87+ points.
it;s got a little bit of that old world mineral taste but not something I mind (Lee, however, would) Not a huge wine but good choco-berry fruit and some nice structure. Good wine, but not the blockbuster I expected after reading the reivews. It’s typical
Very concentrated. Entrancing nose. There's licorice and lilac with some really deep hints of road tar and cedar. Initially rather stiff on the palate, opened out beautifully after a day in the decanter. This really needed to warm up from the cellar before it gave it's best. Nice Brunello at $59, but I might have been expecting too much as I felt a bit disappointed.
All the mentioned flavors...and young tannins. Could take hours of decanting with out losing any body. I'm not so convinced this wine will get any better with time, but then again Sangioveses can take time.
Opened, decanted for about an hour. Dark ruby red but not opaque. Great, really expressive nose from the get-go with notes of black cherry, licorice, and smoke or tar. Initial palate great fruit but from the mid-palate on it seemed flat, but improving with air. Acidity good, typical nice brunello. Moderately tannic finish. After 2 hours it had a fuller mouthfeel, so I'm giving the rest of them more time.
Brunello Wine Dinner (The Samsons): Medium red at the core, clear at the rim. More tannic/very drying compared to the Ciacci. Plum fruit on nose and palate. June picked up on blackberry and hay. #3 for the night.
Wasn't sure what to think about this one - first impression was not favorable, but it definitely mellowed over the few hours it was open and became much more approachable. To me, it really just tasted like a smoother, fancier Sangiovese, and I don't normally care for Sangiovese. Overall, it was good, but I'm not sure it's something I'd try again.
Opened and decanted. Drank on and off over the next 5 hours. Deep purple. Nice nose- dark berries, spice, leather, meat and smoke with loads of cherry. Started out muted on the palate, but opened up more and more throughout the night. Suprisingly smooth but not much of a finish. Not sure if this is my style of wine. Other possibility is that it was an off bottle(although I don't think so, as no flaws were detected) or it's just to young.
Opened based on a note by JB on the Italiana board suggesting this was drinking well. Correct. Big, thick, and powerful but open and juicy, too, with silky tannins at the end. Loads of ripe fruit, but not over ripe or roasted. I can imagine some folks not caring for this because of its size and fruit-forward build, but it paired very well indeed with a leg of lamb in a horseraddish/roasted garlic glaze.
I'll drink my remaining two over the next 1-3 years. I doubt that it could gain enough aging to offset the loss of fruit.
Wonderful, full aromas of spice (cinnamon) and candied charry; Full and intense in the mouth with similar tastes as the bouquet. Oddly silky smooth on the finish, but with a bit of tannin remaining in the cheeks - a nicely balanced with with refined tannins. Could continue to develop, but also drinkable now. A great wine.
Decanted 1 hour. Very dark. Nose of dark fruit. Cocoa powder to chalky tannin with tangy fruit initally in the mouth. Bittersweet plums and cherry. Tannins are still predominant, and powerful. After 2 hours, the nose has become a bit diulted, but this wine has lost nothing in the mouth. Drink 2008 and on or decant for 4-5 hours if you just can't wait. Really nice.
So many good brunello's lately, it is getting hard to differentiate between average and exceptional (can they become the same thing?). This is always my benchmark for brunello's and based on this bottle, 99 will be a very good year. Loads of what you are looking for in a brunello, smooth, smoky, rich but not overripe and well integrated tannins.
This wine shows notes of plum and cherry on the nose. With air, it starts to show subtle vegetal notes. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, disjointed, hollow, and dillute, showing a rough and tannic finish. This wine was OK on the nose, but on the palate this wine was very disjointed and hollow.
Vintages tasting note: Medium deep ruby, almost inky black in colour. Aromas are reminiscent of truffle, smoked meat, berries and new leather. Extra dry and fairly tannic with fruit underneath. An excellent cellar candidate (2-5 years). Medium bodied with a medium long finish.
Tried in Sept.2004. More fruity and approachable than the Neri. Firm acidity and moderately tannic. Notes of cherry, violet and currant in the medium bodied wine. (Tasted a 2nd time in Oct.2004 with similar notes). 91 points.
Brought to the HDW offline @ Nido. Decanted 4.5 hours. Served blind. Dark ruby colour to rim. Stains the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, black cherry, earth, spice, and rosemary. Medium-full bodied with spice, red fruits, black fruits, and violets. Moderate-long finish, ~40-45s with currant, cherry, and earth, Constantly evolving in the glass, and was still very, very tight, even with substantial air. Give this plenty of cellar time.