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Community Tasting Notes (119) Avg Score: 90.8 points

  • Deep dark reddish-purple in color with some clearing at the edges. Full, fragrant & attractive nose of mature, ripe fruit aromas of cherries, blackberries & plums with overtones of earthy/dusty & some floral notes, herbs, minerals, leather, mint, anise & a hint of cedar in the background. Full bodied with a very good concentration of well balanced & smooth textured, mature, ripe fruit flavors of cherries, blueberries & plums with spices, minerals, cocoa & a hint of oak. Long lingering smooth finish. Drinks quite well with decanting & airing but at 24 years of age it is close to or at its peak of development although it may hold here for a few more years. Fill was in lower portion of neck; cork stained only on bottom & intact.

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  • This has really opened up since my last bottle 7 years ago and is now a superb example of a 100% Sangiovese based Tuscan red. Straight from an undecanted bottle, the bouquet on the nose was a subtle blend mature red fruit, discreet flowers, fine minerals and a hints of meat and balsam. This followed through onto the medium++ linear shaped palate which showed good depth and length, fresh moreish acidity, silky texture and firmness on the finish without asperity. The overall effect was classy with both elegance and power. Excellent.

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  • Opened a couple of hours prior to drinking. Ripe cherries, resolved tannins, meaty and deep, but not heavy, with a long earthy aftertaste. Beautiful in the first 2 hours after giving some air in the bottle then more earthy tones, more tertiary flavours start to dominate. Less complex than the `97 but nevertheless very enjoyable.

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  • Muted flavors. Dry cherry and cola. Past its peak. Drink up.

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  • Fully mature but not tired, good acids, dried cherry, black cherry, old leather, touch of rose petal. Full bodied, savory, long. A-/B+

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  • By Richard Jennings
    11/18/2006, (See more on 91 points

    (Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro) Tight cherry nose; tight, tannic cherry palate; chewy finish

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