Served w/dinner alongside three-cheese tortellini, grilled sweet and hot Italian sausages in a tomato-red pepper-katamala olive ragout.
Mid-depth garnet color w/excellent clarity. Lots of thin, clear legs coating the glass. Nose of cherry, leather, herbs, and spices abound from the glass; flavors of soft red fruits, leather, fine-powdery tannins spice up the finish.
A beautiful, mature Barbaresco that's probably just past peak. Would like to have had this a couple years back, as I would imagine Gaja could do just about anything he wanted to w/a less-than-spectacular vintage. I'm looking forward to trying the '95 version I bought alongside this one. 86-87 pts., $45.
(musings from the great white thread-killer!)