($55) Good medium red with an orange rim. Dried red fruits and dried rose on the nose, with complicating notes of nuts and baking spices; in a distinctly Tuscan style. Superripe and sweet, but with lively acids giving shape to the redcurrant, plum and nut flavors. At once dense and fresh; in fact, less roasted than the 2002 version. Finishes with dusty tannins and good verve. This bottling includes 10% merlo t; previous vintages were generally a 75/25 blend of sangiovese and cabernet. Incidentally, this wine has always been bottled in 500 ml. format because the first vintage was close to 17% alcohol.Author: Stephen Tanzer
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74 bottles owned by 34 collectors.
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