Very closed right upon opening, but it began opening up after only 5 minutes of air, revealing more bitter cherry notes on the palate as well as some unexpected plastic fumes (on both the nose and palate) akin to what one would find in aged Rieslings. Somewhat silky after 30 minutes and pretty enjoyable overall, but nowhere near a home run... was just ok. Began breaking down after 90 minutes.
Another Empire bottle with a cork that bled through. Tough getting this one out. I tried to slo-ox this one for 7 hours, it didn't help. Bitter black cherry, leather, excessive tannin. Either the wine is damaged, I gave it too much air, or it sucked right out of the gate.
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(La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino) Dark red violet color; smoky, tar, resin, dried fig, dried berry nose; tar, dried fig, dried black fruit, salty prune palate; could use 4 years; medium-plus finish 90+ points
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