Youthful and racy. Dark ruby red. This shows loads of plum, berry and floral fruit character. Full, silky and very long. Just starting to open, but give it a little more time. (Web Only—2007)
The spectacular 1997 Barolo Ornato (1,000 cases, produced only in the finest vintages), from a Serralunga vineyard planted next to Bruno Giacosa's famous parcel of Falletto di Serralunga, offers a terrific fragrance of raspberries, cherries, smoke, leather, and toasty oak. There are huge quantities of glycerin, a stupendous finish, and gorgeous purity as well as overall symmetry. This 1997 will require 2-4 years of cellaring, but will keep for 2-3 decades. (RP)
Good full red-ruby. Slightly rustic, liqueur-like aromas of roasted redcurrant, raspberry, smoke, leather and tobacco. Silky-sweet, with impressive sappy richness. This boasts terrific retention of primary fruit and verve for a wine from this vintage. Finishes firmly tannic, bright and long, with a youthfully aggressive quality that promises a slow evolution in bottle. (ST)
A finely dense wine, with aromas of prunes, coffee and dried herbs. On the palate, the texture is almost velvety, with raisins and red plums. Certainly it leaves a dry aftertaste, but that is from the concentrated tannins. This is still a young wine, from a great vintage, but it promises well for long-term aging.
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