(bottled a month prior to my visit) Good brilliant full red with a hint of amber. Distinctly more primary aromas than the 2003: fresh cherry, raspberry, menthol, dried flowers and an exotic suggestion of orange zest that contributes to the impression of lift. Fresh and gripping, though quite closed, even a bit pinched, after the bottling. Thick with extract but quite light on its feet, thanks to bright acidity and lively mineral and minty elements. This boasts terrific inner-mouth energy and impeccable balance. The tannins are quite firm but not hard, and the finish shows superb persistence. I would expect this classic wine to merit a higher score with bottle aging. |Everything about this vintage was normal,| said Mascarello. |The summer was normal, the mid-October harvest was normal, we made a normal quantity of wine, and the technical numbers were perfect.| She told me the young wine was very much like the estate's 1998.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
Shows aromas of dried flowers, mushroom and plum, verging on prune. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and beautiful fruit. This is generous but subtle, with chewy tannins and loads of character. The real deal. Best after 2011.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
The 2004, which I tasted from two separate casks (one newer and one older), shows richer color, and more delineated aromas along with layered, nuanced flavors very much in the style of the vintage, with superb length and a fresh, inviting finish.. This too offers outstanding potential.
This is a special edition bottle with the quote from Robesquieu re barriques. Tasted at winery. This is enormous! Huge structure; layer upon layer. Massive+++ tannins. This wine won't be approacable for at least 2 decades. Testament to Barolo - No oak! massive structure! built to last! Tar! Roses! bitter cherries! mouth numbing! dense! deep rich ruby color. FANTASTIC!!!!