Tasting Notes Ausone 1986
A deep brick core. The nose is attractive albeit enervated and loose-knit with tobacco, espresso and leather. Medium-bodied on the palate, light fruit intensity, rather austere and certainly lacking grip leading to a rather volatile finish. Just does not really go anyway. This has declined considerably since last tasted in 2002 so I would drink bottle soon. Drink now. Tasted November 2006.
Another major disappointment, this emaciated, thin wine shows high levels of minerals, structure, and muscle, but no charm, fruit, or succulence. It will last for another 50 years, but will it ever provide any enjoyment? Anticipated maturity: Now-2040. Last tasted, 12/99.