At age 15, it is prime drinking territory, but it should hold for at least 5 more years. Deep ruby color. It had thrown some fairly heavy sediment, so decanting was a must. Good bouquet of cherries, prunes, tobacco, and anise. Sweet dark fruits on the palate, with tobacco and anise coming into play on the finish.
Drank at the end of dinner after the 1997 Casanova de Neri and 1997 Lisini. This one was just a bit more satisfying than those two, which were themselves excellent. Deep color, long finish with lots of tart fruit. No sign of being past its prime.
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