Maybe not quite mature enough, but you'd still like to have me to dinner
If you were a wine, which wine would you be? I'd probably be one of these:
Cecchi, 1997 Villa Cerna -- $22: Solid core of dark cherry and tobacco aromas. Richly structured and big, but showing considerable finesse and finishing with plush tannins. A deeply satisfying wine that is Brunello-like in its intensity and span of flavors.
Monsanto, 1997 Il Poggio -- $45: Rich and plummy with lush tannins. Prominent aromas of ripe, dark fruit. A huge wine that is perhaps a bit rustic, but very impressive nonetheless. Score: 90 (89)
Ducale Gold, 1997 Chianti Classico -- $40: Prominent cherry and dark fruit flavors with gorgeous scents of sweet tobacco and cedar, this wine has terrific length and persistence, though it is a bit hot on the finish. Score: 90