Flight 3
1989 Brovia Barolo Rocche - Corked
Rich and powerful on the nose this is immediately attractive with notes of plum, spice and grape pomace jam soaring from the glass. Notes of blue fruits, violets, leather and clay add admirable complexity. A bit tight on entry, this slowly unfolds with hints of plum skins and bitter cherry supported by ripe tannins. the texture is like cashmere, showing perfect integration and stunning freshness to the fruit. With some air this turns a bit spicy and attractively rich with a long, finely fruited finish. Still youthful but so fresh and already quite supple. 96pts
Tight on the nose with superb rose petal aromas over a base of candied raspberries,  and wild cherry that have a light jammy edge to them. Some hints of buttery toast and and herbal hint of black currrant add further complexity. A bit tough and rather strict in the mouth, this is filled with mineral flavors layered over a base of dark cherry and black plum fruit with again a hint of the herbal currant like flavor. Tight, powerful and still youthful this finishes with great length and spicy, grippy tannins along with a wash of white soil tones. Still an infant, this is bound to improve. 93pts 
1989 Bruno Giacosa Villero - Corked
Flight 4
This is on another level with profound aromas of hot iron, hints of cinnamon, rosehips, rose petals and powdered rocks all embedded in this tight, sinewy core of powerful, dark strawberry laced fruit. On the palate this is just perfectly balanced. Everything is here. The core of fruit is powerful and dark, yet recalls strawberries and raspberry as well with incredible sweetly floral and medicinal spice inner mouth perfumes. This feels like it’s chiseled out of stone, so firm and taut in the mouth with a finish that just goes on and on showing off flashes of bitter cherry, bitter herbs and fine minerality all framed with an ethereal sweetness.  Profound wine. 98pts
Herbal on the nose with a touch of leafy greens followed by hints of sage, candied medicinal herbs and sweet floral tones. Somewhat medicinal on entry, and then a bit front loaded with fine cherry and almost black raspberry fruit up front, that yields to a tarry and slightly medicinal back palate. Also rather smooth and polished up front before tightening up on the back and finishing with good length and dark fruit, this is at peak. 88pts
Nuanced weedy and smoky aromas evolve into a rich melange of pipe tobacco, briar, menthol and and intense aromas of freshly picked flowers. The fruit is a touch pruny and graced with spicy cardamom accents. This is really dominated by flowers and tobacco. Rich and broad yet transparent on the palate, this floods the mouth with flavors. A bit meaty at times, then turning fruity with flavors of black cherry and Italian plums that lead to a long, superbly complex finish that reveals great spicy nuance, hints of strawberry seeds, earth, and forest floor . The tannins are really nicely ripe here, important but unimposing and lend this a fine, almost silky texture. This is the best example of this wine I’ve ever had and by a notable margin. 94pts
OK, who brought the 99 by mistake? Seriously this could easily pass for a wine ten years its junior. Reticent on the nose with  faint hints of black fruit, a touch of spice and some fine leather accents. The palate is equally closed for business reealing those same hints of black fruit along with licorice accents. While lacking flavor intensity this is improbably smooth with supple tannins, and that licorice note lingers on the finish which reveals the innate sweetness of this wine.  Stubborn as all get out, this barely budges with air but the fruit does slowly begin to emerge, along with floral accents, and some freshly turned earthy aromas.  The last time I had this it required a 12 hour decant to fully open up and was stupendous. I see no reason to doubt that this bottle could have been equally fine with several more hours of air. Still judging it for what it delivered this evening it’s not great. 89pts