This is at the beginning stages of being ready to drink. It probably should have been decanted, but, so it goes. Deep ruby (dark for Barolo) in color. The nose is really interesting with cherries, soy sauce, slight tar and anise. On the palate, this has firm tannins. Black cherry and cherry fruit with a nice char underneath. Good acidity. Long finish. This worked quite well with a pasta dish (duh). It should easily go another decade and closer to two. While at one time this was a very modern Barolo, at least this vintage seems a bit more restrained or perhaps the oak and tannins have just integrated nicely.