International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 105
Good deep red. Brambly red fruits (the young 2000 is very black fruit by comparison), spices, minerals and underbrush on the nose. Surprisingly sweet for this wine but still tightly wound, with a firm spine of acidity. Much less pliant today than the '98 version, with the bright, spicy flavors of toasty red fruits still rather unforthcoming. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and a firmer impression than the 2000.
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Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: Issue 7
Medium ruby. The 1999 Le Vigne presents a highly aromatic, perfumed nose and gorgeous layers of bright, focused red fruit on a medium-bodied frame, with excellent length and concentration. This firmly structured Barolo remains a model of restrained elegance and finesse that strikes a gorgeous balance between traditional and modern expressions of Barolo. It will benefit from a few years of bottle age and drink well until age 20.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/09/2012
Very good work. Over the drinking window, started to really open up. Fruit, complexity and overall balance. A real winner!
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/23/2009
Really tangy on the front end but oddly enough, starting to show some aging.
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