91 Points

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - Long lunch at Kel's (Kelvin and Joyce's Place, Bishan): Still young and tight, but there is quite bit to like in this wine. The nose was classic Piedmont, with red cherry fruit laced with notes of earth and tar, herbs and dried roses. The palate was still coated with a layer of challengingly chewy tannins and a good bit of bright acidity, but there werr also gobs of warm 1997 fruit underlying that - lots of ripe cherries and dark berries, cassis almost, and then sprigs of herb and spice pulled into a long finish on a bed of more firm tannins. A bit too tough for my liking right now, but the raw materials are good. I would leave this aside and come back to it in 10 years or so.

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