Since I really liked the 1998 Brunello di Montalcino, I thought that this bottle should be worth the heavy investment - 10 Euro...:-)
And guess what, it was!
1998 Chianti Superiore, Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Right out of the bottle there is a bit of funk, but that soon blows away, leaving just the scent of mature Sangiovese fruit. Notes of ripe red cherries, para nuts, old leather, smoke and some lovely stable notes. Not that deep, but very enjoyable. Soft and fine.
The taste is smooth, fresh and juicy with fine notes of cool cherry fruit, dry licorice, leather, undergrowth and some pipe tobacco notes. The finish is medium long, soft, but manage to keep up interest in the mouth until the fine, dry end. This has kept fresh for all these years, I wouldn't save it for long, but this is lovely to drink tonight, and for 10 Euro, I'm really, really pleased...:-)
86p (tasted 2013/02)