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Professional Ratings: 92 The Wine Advocate, 92 James Suckling, 90 International Wine Cellar
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 113461
The 1997 vintage of this wine was ranked #3 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1999
The 2008 Cepparello emerges from the glass with sweet herbs, flowers, mint and licorice. There is a distinctly high-toned register to the 2008 that is largely the result of a year with very cold temperatures in the final phase of ripening. This mid-weight Cepparello stands apart for its pure energy and drive. Though outstanding today, the 2008 also appears to have plenty of potential for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2029.
Aromas of spices and berries, with hints of toasted oak. Full body, with chewy tannins and a fruity finish. This is tight and structured. Very firm now. Needs to soften. Give it at least until 2014.
Good deep red. Aromas of redcurrant, plum, minerals and licorice are complicated by a gamey quality. Nicely delineated if a bit tight and ungiving, with a floral topnote contributing to the wine's high-pitched character. Finishes with firm tannic grip and a strongly savory, aromatic edge. I wanted a bit more pliancy, but then that's the case with many other '08s.