Firmly structured, this opens with aromas of menthol, truffle and underbrush accompanied by a hint of graphite. The palate delivers dark cherry, notes of chocolate, coffee, black pepper, grilled herb and licorice alongside refined but clenched tannins that need time to soften and unwind. It's still young and austere but it should blossom into a beauty. Drink 2018–2041.
Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast. Previously she wrote regularly on Italian wine for Wine News, World of Fine Wine and Decanter. She is the author of Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello (2005), Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines (2012) and Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine (2014).Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.