1997 Ca’ Rome’, Barbaresco (RT87) Mid-range ruby garnet with enamoring aromatics built on a frame of cherry menthol, dried raspberry, cedar, and a hint of earthiness. Fairly fresh and not showing signs of over-ripe fruit, while the palate is clean and precise, for my taste the core of acidity overpowers the stuffing, leaving an imbalanced impression that suggests there isn’t enough fruit here to make for old bones. A nice example to loosen-up the palate and get the tasting rolling. No perceptible upside to continued cellaring, so it’s about as exciting right now as it’s going to get. Drink now Tasted November 2007