The estate’s 1997 Montevetrano is a beguiling wine. Amazingly, the tannins remain a touch hard! There is wonderful integrity to the dark fruit. This is a decidedly virile and powerful Montevetrano, even if floral and spice notes add a sense of lift to the finish. All things considered, the 1997 is a flat-out great Montevetrano, and another few years in bottle can only help harmonize some of the very slight rough edges that still remain. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. (AG)
Rich and velvety, with plenty of good fruit. Currant and blackberry, with hints of mineral and mint. Full-bodied, with ultrasoft tannins and a long, long finish. Wonderful fruit and style. Just starting to come into its own.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. (JS, Web-2007)
Saturated ruby. Floral aromas of black raspberry, dark chocolate, leather and minerals. Fine, smooth and classy; compelling dark berry flavors are still quite unevolved. A large-scaled wine, not at all hard but in need of a year or two of patience. Finishes with superb ripeness and substantial, tongue-dusting tannins.
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