I love finding a bottle in my collection that I forgot I had. I love it even better when I open it up and find out that it’s pretty good after all these years. When I found this one I rolled the bottle around, up to the light, to see if I could see any of that nasty sediment that happens in wines long forgotten. I didn’t see anything, so that was a good omen. The cork was in good shape, too – another good sign. I pulled out that little cork and immediately poured a small tasting’s worth. The color was a deep, velvety red. Not particularly leggy, but that’s ok. I let it sit for just a few minutes, and when I came back to it I gave it a swirl and a sniff to see what I might find. Cherry. Tons of deep, dark, fruity cherry. The flavors were totally in sync with the cherry aroma – lots of rich fruit, with lots of leather, and definite spice and eucalyptus on the tip of my tongue – maybe even a hint of espresso that lingered into the finish. The tannins were firm, and allowed just a bit of acid through. The finish was nice – moderately long, and the flavors remained. This wine paired wonderfully with a hearty Italian dinner of homemade stuffed shells in a chunky tomato sauce, and rustic Italian bread with spicy olive oil, of course.