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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013
(from 65-year-old vines picked at the end of August; aged entirely in barriques, one-third new; bottled in August of 2013): Deep, bright ruby-red. Blackberry, black cherry and chocolate on the nose; more oaky than the Ca' di Pian bottlings. Very sweet, chocolatey and ripe but with lovely acidity energizing the middle palate. The oak element is more harmonious on the palate and back end than on the nose. Finishes lush, fine-grained and horizontal, with lovely building length. The percentage of new oak has been cut dramatically for this wine in recent years, according to Giorgio Rivetti: the 2009 version was aged in 50% new oak and prior to that year it was done entirely in new barriques. The crop level here was a very low 30 hectoliters per hectare, according to Rivetti.