1997 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino
Aromas of meat, fresh porcini and raisin. Full-bodied, with a velvety texture and a long, caressing finish. With air, this delivers loads of super-ripe fruit and opulent, decadent character. Spice rack. (Web only - 2007)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino shows a very pretty character with pressed violets, licorice, anisette, root beer and balsam herb. There’s plenty of Brunello personality on display. The wine lacks fruit intensity, but it makes up for it with the extremely fine and polished nature of the palate. Open the bottle one or two hours before serving. Drink: 2014-2024. (ML)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Intense dark garnet. An enticing medley of aromas includes sweet pipe tobacco, anise, white pepper and mint. Ripe plum and pure cherry flavors are enveloped by mouthcoating gauzy tannins, with a note of licorice adding complexity to the substantial finish. This glossy, racy wine is a compelling example of Brunello.
The estate's 1997 Brunello di Montalcino opens with a perfumed nose followed by complex nuances of red cherries, tobacco, cocoa and spices that develop in the glass. It offers great length and balance along with a resonating note of alcoholic warmth on the finish. Delicate in its personality yet supported by notable structure, it comes across as incredibly youthful considering it is nearly a decade old. Readers lucky enough to own this wine should feel no rush to drink this, as it likely has another 15 years of prime drinking ahead of it.