First one of these in 14 months. Consistent with my previous note. Still a youthful-looking opaque, dark crimson in color - but lightening at the edge now. Shows a complex - though subtle - nose of plums, violets, earth, vanilla and spice. Full-bodied, rich and very plush in texture. This has put on a bit of weight since last time, but remains elegant in style. There's slightly less definition and focus to its plum and black currant fruit now, giving this an even better sense of balance. The long, polished finish is loaded with tangy, dark fruit and pretty notes of oak, espresso and spice. The ultra-fine tannins are beautifully integrated. Modern in style, but so balanced, velvety and refined. Remains the best Oreno I've ever tasted. The '06 is still a massive, tannic monolith and may never be as good as this is now. 50+5+12+18+9=94
After a two hour decant, this titanic Tuscan was ready to rock. Deep, dark red in the crystal, with crimson rims, the legs are spectacular and muscular. The body is full and rich. The nose is delicate flowers and fields. Ripe cherries, Perugina chocolate, Illy espresso, and anisette dance across the palate. Fine tannins and a lengthy finish complete this operatic extravaganza. Bravissimo!
This needed a big decant and I couldn't because we purchased off a restaurant wine list. I'd say it needs at least an hour. It really needs 3 more years to let the oak integrate because I'll get in your face. Has the stuffing to be a really nice super Tuscan.
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