At Pcats Tasting: My first bottle from the case. Berries and roses on the rich nose. Savoury tar and violets on the palate. Pure and rich with nice intensity and a long clean finish. (A flag to some dryness on the finish which might mean that it should be drunk sooner rather than later).
Dinner with the SLDS at Mark's: Tar, ashphalt, truffle and earth. Palate shows more tannin than the 1993 it was next to, and yet it handles them perfectly with some weighty fruit and an element of real class. In the zone for drinking from now through to the next 5+ years.
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(Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric dėl Fiasc) Bricking medium dark red violet color; dried berry, fig, tar nose with a possible touch of TCA; tasty, youthful, dried berry, tar, tart black fruit palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points (seems subtly flawed compared to the much better bottle I had earlier this year; also pales next to the '96 version)