With 12.5% alcohol, the 1997 Bottaccio Rosso Conero , after decanting, continued to open for another half hour. It was earthy, truffle notes and had red fruits on the nose. The wine had a front, mid, and back palate making it a fine food wine. It cost under $12 back then. At nearly a quarter of a century, the wine, like so many great Italian wines can age very well. It scored 16 Dionysian points out of 20.
I recently posted a younger wine from Portugal and said how I have gotten used to old, mature, complex flavors in my wines. That’s why I cellar what I buy now for the future. At the very least, my children will get to enjoy my efforts. In Vino Veritas.