Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 1998
(from botte) Full ruby-violet. Very tight yet ripe black cherry, dark plum and anise aromas. Full body. Fresh, very rich and dense, with minerally and peppery flavors. Rich but ripe tannins. This is a big, almost Barolo-like wine; very well done, and probably one of the stars of the vintage. ***
90 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry
Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap
and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern
style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines;
sweet wines and dessert wines.
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The trademark of wines from Tuscany, and especially those from the region of Chianti, was once the fiasco. This straw-colored flask may carry associations of lengthy rustic meals out on the portico of a villa in the Tuscan countryside, but this romantic reverie must be interrupted with a burst of reality...
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