Author: Robert Parker
Noticeably more garnet-colored than ruby, the 1978 Ausone remains a restrained, elegant, moderately concentrated, medium-weight example of this property's wines. The nose of dusty black-cherry fruit and damp earth needs to be coaxed from the glass. Softer, with slightly more fruit than the 1979, as well as a strong weedy, herbaceous element, the 1978 reveals plenty of tannin. The aggressive tannin again raises the question as to whether the concentration of fruit is sufficient. The 1978, a very good Ausone, is slightly softer than the 1979, and appears to have less potential. It is too early to dismiss this wine, but I wonder if the vineyard was harvested too soon?
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