1997 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full dark garnet with ruby highlights. Intensely perfumed nose suggests cinnamon, nutmeg, white pepper and violet. Deep raspberry and kirsch flavors coat the mouth, along with a complicating licorice nuance. Full-bodied and plush, with mouthcoating but pliant tannins. High-toned, silky, and pure, with a sweet lingering finish that evokes powdered cocoa. Luscious wine.
It is hard to believe that Valdicava's 1997 Brunello di Montalcino is nearly a decade old, With its huge, earthy nose and layers of densely packed fruit it could easily be mistaken for a much younger wine. As it sits in the glass underbrush, smoke and sweet dark fruit nuances emerge from this brooding, backward Brunello. Still showing notable concentration, it will continue to drink well for another 10-15 years and shows how well this producer's wines develop as they lose some of their baby-fat plumpness in the bottle. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
...a dense, structured, full-bodied, intense effort revealing notes of licorice, smoke, leather, spice, and earth. With plenty of ripeness, fruit, glycerin, and concentration as well as high tannin ... (RP)
Dark ruby-garnet, with intense blackberry, black cherry and fresh mushroom aromas. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long, almost decadent aftertaste. Wonderful texture and rich, developed fruit.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Drink now. (Web-2007)