What a pleasant surprise, still vibrant, plenty of energy (hate to use this Galloni descriptor) but it fits so well. This wine has plenty of life in it, among the most dark red fruit, think plum we've had in a Brunello in a long long time. I think this wine is now in its drinking prime. A long sweet finish was the perfect ending. Did not decant, basically pop and pour over a 2 hour dinner. Wish we had more.
Barolo (Vintage v.s. Maker) and others (Extra Space): Slow-oxed in bottle for about 2 hours and then poured into decanter for a short while before drinking. Tasted blind. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of toasted oak, earth, leather, red fruit. Developing. On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium+ alcohol, medium+ tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of red plums, dark red cherries, sweet licorice, slight leather and earth. Overall extremely well-balanced. Long finish. Outstanding quality Brunello. 1999 is indeed a superb vintage with very well balanced Brunelli. This still feels like it could improve with further age. Any remaining bottles should be revisited in another 3-5 years.
Poured down into the shoulder and slow-ox'd for the day. Deep ruby/garnet colour. Rich, beautiful nose of sottobosco, dried cherries, prunes, spice, and balsamico. Medium-full bodied with replays from nose. Tannins have resolved nicely and the wine's acidity gives it lift on the palate. Moderate-length finish, ~30-35s. Delicious. Drink now-2019.
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