Wine Spectator Review:
Glorious aromas of crushed berries, spices and cherries, with hints of cedar. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a thick and rich palate. Loads of cherry fruit. Luscious red. Best after 2003.
Wine Advocate Review:
The impressive 1997 Brunello di Montalcino exhibits aromas of coffee, underbrush, and sweet black cherry and currant fruit in its medium to full-bodied, dense, concentrated personality with no hard edges. Enjoy this opulent, precocious, accessible Brunello over the next 12-13 years. This is an outstanding effort.
Opaque garnet. Seductive aromas of clove, nutmeg and mocha. Concentrated and plush, with a tarry, roasted quality and loads of jammy dark fruit flavors. Licorice appears on the long finish. A substantial and compelling Brunello, even if it might be a bit more vibrant.