1997 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo

Grade: 
A+
Score: 
98

OMG.  This bottle was opened about 3 hours prior to drinking and decanted about 20 minutes prior (mostly for sediment).  I was just blown away.  I thought it would be good, even great, but it was amazing.  Purple/ruby in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is awesome.  Deep with plums, dark cherries, iodine, slight sandalwood and spice, lush earthiness with lush forest floor notes.  On the palate, this is fresh and vibrant.  Complex, layered and deep.  Dark cherries, earthiness, forest floor notes, slight tea with just a slight drying tannin (in a good way).  Great acidity.  Worked perfectly with a venegtable soup in a parmesian broth.  Long finish.  At 20 years from vintage, this is apparently at peak but seems to have plenty of life left.