We had been warned that this bottle might be tight and too tannic and not ready to open. In retrospect, it seemed to be drinking fine. Ruby in color. The nose is dusty with cherries and slight rose, both fresh and dry. There is also a bit of volatile acidity on the nose. On the palate, this is young-ish. It certainly has a long life left but is getting close to adulthood. Medium tannins. Strong acidity. layers of cherry fruit and forest floor. Nice finish. Like most Italian wines, this begs for food. Like most Italian wine, match the wines of a region to the food of that region and you can't go wrong.