Looking through the notes, opinions appear to be all over the shop. Has this undergone some wild evolution in the bottle or do the ratings reflect a wide range of expectations for this bottle?
Poured a taste after opening and the first impression was sour cherries. Emphasis on sour. Not a confidence builder. Decanted for four hours. Served with homemade pasta and a Tuscan-style (no tomato) pork & veal sugo. The sour disappeared and I got lucky with the match.
One word definition: Restrained. I would consider this a relatively old-world style that's built for food. The fruit is all cherry and red berry - not a great deal of complexity here. A lot of acid - really too much for the level of fruit today. Tannins come into play on the finish but don't overwhelm.
Notes from '11 suggest there was a lot fruit once. More recent notes indicate the wine is closed and suggest giving it time for the fruit to come to the fore. Seems a little late in the game for this bottle to be in its "stupid phase," so I'm guessing that it's just fading. Not a bad bottle today, just nothing special. Might give it 6 months before I open another on the off-chance there's a resurrection, but I'm betting it's past its prime.
I agree with others who think it needs more time. No obvious flaws, but very tight and subdued. Minerals and earth on the nose and palate, but no fruit at the moment. Popped and poured which may have been a mistake. some tannin at first which disappeared over time.
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.