Decanted approximately 1 hour before serving. Reasonable amount of sediment thrown off.
Color: Inky purple.
Nose: More tame than I had expected. Dark fruit, some earth and a hint of coffee.
Taste: Very tart on the tongue initially. Undifferentiated fruit in the background. Some tannins, but not overpowering. Some earth and anise lurking in the background. Less spicy and a bit more flat than I had hoped for.
Not a bad wine, but I had expected more "umph" from it. Perhaps the structure was never very tight, or at age eight it is starting a down hill slide. Probably would not buy the "Asinone" version again at the price I paid, but will seek out more VNdM to expand my experience base.
"I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie, there is no system, the universe is indifferent." - Don Draper