This bottle was decanted for sediment about an hour prior to serving. This bottle was fresher than one opened about a year ago. It was purchased around 2009, and it is not clear if this is an original bottling or not. Light ruby in color, some browning, clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, tar and slight smoke. Perhaps a slight but of forest floor. Complex and deep with layers or some fruit but mostly tertiary notes. Cherries, slight gravel, forest floor and slight char. Good finish. This is certainly past prime and every bottle is different, but this bottle was just what you hope for in a 50 year old Barolo. It would be great with pasta with a mushroom cream sauce.