($113) Deep ruby-red. The pungent, wild nose offers myriad scents, including leather, tobacco, black pepper, nutmeg, blueberry, coffee liqueur and black truffle. Strongly mineral on the palate (the vineyards are not far from the extinct Roccamonfina volcano), where tobacco and leather come through again (due in part to the small percentage of piedirosso in this mainly aglianico blend), along with wonderfully pure red cherry, blackberry liqueur, cedar, flint and black truffle. This cult wine is hard to find in Italy. The first vintage, 1994, is drinking beautifully today. (Winebow, Inc., Hohokus NJ)
8 hours after opening. minerality, soft tannins ripe fruit,leather. Next day better structure, long long finish.
Self | Rating: 92
The 2002 is completely opaque and is quite backward at present. With extended airing aromas of saddle leather, herbs, some oak, mint, and plum can be coaxed out. Fruit is deeply concentrated but locked up tight as a drum. Acidity is on the high side of the acceptable range. Tannins are formidable but not to the extent of the 2001. Its shocking that this wine is filtered before bottling ? despite its youth there is already caking along the side of the bottle. Even in small amounts the wine showed no degradation over a 48 hour period. Some bottle variation is noted.