($83) Medium-deep ruby-red. Aromas of slightly acidic red berries, smoky plum, bell pepper, quinine and cedar. Less generous than recent vintages on entry, then rather tough and lean in the middle. Best today on the long, complex finish, where the tannins are fine-grained and the wine maintains its trademark elegance. Made from a very difficult vintage, this is a good example of why Montevetrano is considered a great wine. (Winebow, Inc., Hohokus, NJ)
Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: July/August 2005
Wine Spectator | Rating: 86
This is starting to taste a little tired, with coffee, meat and sweet tobacco character. Light finish. Needs drinking.