A shade or two lighter in color than the '03 Rancia; fruit here is a little "racier" on the nose, but we still have that menthol accent. Nice legs.
Leaner/more "angular" than the Rancia, almost slightly dilute compared to that first wine. Likable enough, but I don't get the impression here that this is a wine to lay down for an extended period. Still some tannin on the finish, but this is good as opposed to great, and also needs some food to tame the acidity.
Medium-dark red color. Limited transparency. Aromas of cherry, licorice, plum, and earth. Palate has dusty red cherry, plum, fennel, and a solid tannin wall that carries into a medium-long finish. Requires food to cut the tannins, but ultimately a good, masculine, young Felsina Riserva. Drink or hold.
Initially after opening was surprised at the intensity of the tannins still present. However after about a half hour they had given way to a smooth earthy dark cherry notes. Still a nice drink and worth the money however I think we're in a window of wanting to drink the rest over the next six months to one year.
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