Tasted a day after the 1998 version, and they are close brothers. The 99 appears to be a somewhat bigger year. This bottle is getting mature, but not as evolved as the 98. And I think the 99 may get better in the next few years. Nose is redolent of classic tar and roses along with a deep earthiness. Palate is leathery, earthy, darkly fruity - a primal barolo feel to it. Nicely integrated acidity and a strong punch of tannins that are delicious though still a bit stiff. Could be a 95 or 96 if it evolves in a good way.
Drunk over dinner with friends, no formal notes. Garnet red, medium-light. Nose: leather, undergrowth, mushrooms, tar, very fine. The palate is on similar notes, elegant, seamless, with all elements, tannins included, perfectly integrated. It is austere in character but not meant in a bad sense. In fact it was extremely enjoyable, even if it did not reach greatness. ***
Brief notes. This paired wonderfully with osso bucco for Christmas Eve dinner. A little reticent at first but after an hour in the decanter this had a beautiful nose of dark fruits and anise. Palate followed the nose with black cherry and other black fruits with nice acidity and anise notes. Drinking beautifully now but obviously plenty of life left in it.
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