Wondering if someone is familiar with a few wines in my collection.I purchased them in Italy a few years ago, can't find much info.1997Fattoria La Lecciaia Brun.,1997Villa Lanata Barolo,1997 Gagliassi LeCoste Barolo,1996 Sylla Sabaste Bussia Barolo,1997Castello Di Verduno Ribaja(G. Burlotto)and 1995Anagallis Ruspoli(Tenuta Di Lilliano).Should I be drinking these now?Thanks
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In general, your wines should already be in their drinking windows. I would start opening the older ones and give it a try especially if you have multiple bottles of each. I recently had a 1997 Brunello that was drinking beautifully. Another factor that affects the taste of your wine is storage. I have a passive cellar in my basement which didn't seem to affect the bottle. But if you've been keeping the bottles in your kitchen or dining room where the bottles are subject to warmer temps, drier air, and sunlight, the wines will tend to age more quickly.

I did a research of your wines in WS' database, and here are James Suckling's tasting notes for a few of your bottles. Enjoy your wines!

1997 Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello
Very, very ripe, with spices and raisin character. Full- to medium-bodied, with firm tannins and lots of dried red fruits on the finish. A solid red. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. –JS (90, 6/30/2002)

1997 Villae Lanata Lo Zoccolaio Barolo
Amazing ripe plum aromas ooze from the glass. Full-bodied, with big, soft, chewy tannins and a long, jammy finish. A fruit-driven Barolo. Best after 2004. 1,200 cases made. –JS (91, 11/30/2001)

1995 Anagallis Ruspoli (Tenuta Di Lilliano)
1995 Tenuta Di Lilliano Colli della Toscana Centrale Anagallis
A subtle, classy red. Blackberry with hints of earth pour from the glass. Medium-bodied, with a wonderful intensity of ripe fruit and fine tannins. Beautiful Sangiovese. Best after 2000. –JS (89, 12/15/1998)
One more thing. You should stand up your bottles the day or two before planning to open them up to allow the sediment to settle to the bottom.
1997 was a prime vintage. Stand them up for 24 hrs or be prepared to filter them depending on which wines they were. Enjoy them with some nice Italian style foods. Drink a lot. Get smashed!

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