This wine is delicious right out of the bottle. Not displaying the same level of unctuousness or layers of flavors as the 1997 version (which was my favorite Brunello ever), it is still wonderfully complex and pure. It's solid ruby/garnet color leads to a plethora of sweet red raspberry and black cherry on a base of spiced apple cider, spring flowers, juicy beef and soy sauce. It is medium bodied with a purity and roundness that fills the palate and a subtle flirtatous charm leading to a medium long finish in a field of anise. It is just a touch green and austere, but nothing time won't soften. This is great Brunello made in a less than idea year. Tasty!
I highly recommending not decanting this wine very long if it all. Maybe the best would be to just open the bottle for 15-20 minutes and then drink. The optimal drinking period is around 2006-2010.