Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate’s oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988 and are in their prime production years right now. This is the first time the Riserva has been made exclusively from this site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity. That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution, yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouth feel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time.
99 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate