My other mag of red is Barolo, something I went through a bit of a phase of buying a few years ago. I tried enough to realise that I prefer ‘new style’ Barolo, rather than the dried-out, oxidised, old style wines.
Barolo ‘Nei Cannubi’ 1997, Luigi Einaudi en magnum
A highly perfumed, expressive nose that is floral and bursting with ripe cherry fruit. The alcohol level is a bit intense, but then so are all the rest of the aromas. The palate is freaking tannic, man, but there is a lot of fruit. It has a distinct minerality to the palate, real vineyard character. This is a large scale wine, but definitely well definied: a body-buildier with sculpted muscles. I am sure this will blossom with even more charm when the decanting works its magic. This wine would easily be improving for another ten years.