($110) 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. Cesare harvested its Serralunga fruit very late in '97; |before that it just wasn't ripe,| he noted.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2002
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96
I love the aromas of dark chocolate, spice and mineral, with hints of prune. Full-bodied, with super, well-integrated tannins and a long plum, raspberry and cinnamon finish. Very pretty indeed. Better than the 1996. 1,050 cases made.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
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.
this wine has aged very nicely.opaque red brick color. good acidity and the fruit seemed well balanced with the earthy flavors. the first mouthfeel seemed tannic to me, but after that it was very smooth and well balanced