December 29, 2020 - Rose petal and tar on the nose. On the palate, dried cherry and strawberry with notes of anise, leather, and black tea, with light tannins and moderate acidity on the medium to long finish. This seemed very advanced compared to what others are reporting here, which may reflect bottle variation. This was a very good to excellent value at the $60 I paid for it; at the $90+ value later vintages are selling for, it would be an average value.
November 6, 2020 - Immer noch starke Säure. Solider. Aber kann mit den Conternos nicht mithalten.
September 5, 2020 - Still just a baby and a short decant did not do this any justice. Fairly classic with all the right notes of cherry, licorice, florals and tar but it needs more time to integrate and flesh out.
June 17, 2020 - Both bottles were drinking nicely with at least 2-3 years life ahead of them. Interestingly there was significant bottle variation, with one having a much more tannic mouthfeel than the other. Both had deliciously juicy red fruit, and lovely acidity. Nose was delightful with a lot of dried roses, tar, black tea, and perhaps even some figs.
January 13, 2020 - (mostly) Castiglione Falletto vs Serralunga, 2005-earlier (Osteria Langhe, Chicago IL): this was sadly off. It was stewed with a bunch of soy
June 6, 2019 - Beginning to dry out, some complexity from developing tertiary notes of leather and underbrush. Sour cherry and tar but just not enough fruit to cover what is quite an austere palate. Medium body and alc, acidity quite high. Tannins ripe. Medium finish.
April 29, 2018 - Ripe, with prune notes and more classic dried fruits and florals. The palate is clean, pure, and heady. It's tannic, but the tannins are fine enough where they don't come across as aggressive. Sort of middle-aged at this stage, and the fruit is a touch more advanced than the structural elements. I really like the styling here.
November 3, 2017 - Still youthful. Will hold my other bottle
September 8, 2017 - Took 3 hours to really show much but what it revealed was alluring--tar, licorice, dark fruits. I wish we'd either not opened this for 2-3 years or decanted for 3 hours before drinking. Clearly a well made wine. 91 with upside a point or two.
May 19, 2017 - Nose: The nose is quite perfumed and demure with violets, red cherries, raspberries, licorice, leather, and a touch of tar.
Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acidity and silky tannins. The structure is well balanced with the tannins being slightly drying. The feel is more refined with violets, red cherries, licorice, truffles, balsamic notes, and some leather.
Overall: This is pretty, refined, and cool. It has benefitted from two hours of air and is drinking beautifully right now.