Opened and decanted for about an hour or two, this is still showing "modern" and young.  That said, once we started drinking it, it evolved beautifully over the next hour.  Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is great with cherries, licorice, slight menthol and slight dried roses.  Medium to full bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, lots of fresh cherry fruit with slight underlying tar and dried floral notes.  Great acidity.  Nice finish.  This is delicious.  Based on this bottle, another seven to ten years until peak.  This may end up easily doing fifty years.  Back when this was made, the modern vs. traditional debate was raging.  Both sides have moved toward the middle now, but this is proof of how well these "modern" Barolos can last as well.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
93
Vintage: 
1996
Current Price: 
$170.00USD

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