Flight 1
 
 
Fresh on the nose and intense with aromas of herbs, warm stones and woodland spice over a base of strawberry fruit with fine rose petal top notes. Crisp, elegant and polished in the mouth with a gorgeous core of rhubarb and raspberry fruit framed with mineral accents. the acids are sharp here and the fine grained tannins firm yet well covered by the fruit. Finishing with good length and a savory note. 92pts
 
1989 Roagna Barbaresco Riserva
 
This was very slightly corked though that was more apparent on the clipped, short palate than the nose where one got a hints of musty TCA covering notes of cinnamon, wood spice, sweet dark fruit, rose and leather. Texturally this was soft and rich. There was very little fruit and a short, hard finish. NR
 
 
Oxidized aromas of celery seed and bouillon along with a hint of band aid marred the otherwise attractive aromas of soil, dried leather, black tea and mint. On the palate this was smooth and integrated with an elegant feel and decent length to the black fruit with licorice and herbal accents. It could be dismissed as simply very evolved if one hadn’t had previous experience with the wine. 83pts 
 
 
Soft and sweet on the nose with a touch of old oak supporting a core of dark fruit, big asphalt notes, and peppery, liquory accents. This smelled imposing but with air oxidized notes of bouillon become more pronounced. Rich on the palate with somewhat chewy fruit and plenty of power supported by soft tannins, the flavors were somewhat indistinct with accents of old wood and sweet pipe briar topped with molasses and brothy flavors. Heat damaged though this was obviously a fine wine at one time. 85pts
 
Flight 2
 
 
Intensely aromatic with deep herbal accents to the core of spicy and dark fruit. There were notes of cocoa and brownies, along with some grilled beefy notes all supporting a core of jammy raspberry fruit that grew with air. Big red fruits greet the palate, which quickly gains focus offering up crisp cranberry and raspberry flavors that gained mineral and clay driven complexity on the backend. This is long and persistent in the mouth with fine balance, but it's ultimately a bit simple. Still a beautiful wine. 93pts 
 
 
Another wine that shows intense perfumes, with accents of lipstick and earth framing fruit that smells a bit toasty, and sweetly woody and is just a bit heavy and dull at first. Air help this to gain focus and freshens up the core of wild cherry fruit nicely. Cool and compressed on entry, this shows lovely cut in the mouth with deep black cherry fruit saturating the palate, yet this remains elegant and well defined in the mouth. The texture and clarity of flavor is just gorgeous with laser like focus and fine, austere tannins that drive the long, precise finish. This just got better as the night wore on. 94pts
 
 
A bit of celery and bouillon is obvious on the nose, though there remains some lovely complexity with fine aromas of wood smoke, black tea, and dried rose petals slowly filling the glass along with a nice limestoney edge. There’s not much fruit left here, what remains is rather rough and rustic with lots of black spice and licorice flavors. This is pretty mean and shows a bit of heat on the palate. 82pts 
 
 
Aromatically this is just beautiful, filled with focused licorice, herb, and bitter aromas of chinato, rhubarb and beet root with a hint of vanilla and a wonderful sweet edge to the slightly candied, herb inflected black cherry fruit. Opening with a slightly creamy edge that is followed by big biter black fruits, this then turns austere and medicinal in the mouth with bitter cherry, prune and carob flavors driving through the modest finish. I love the complexity here, though the flavor profile and touch of oak might not appeal to many. It’s nicely balanced with a nice tannic bite on the backend. Feminine in a voluptuous way. 93pts