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Taurino, "Notarpanaro" Rosso di Salento 1988
The last bottle of a couple of cases of a wine that for me, like many others, was one of the wine bargains of the last decade. The colour is now ruby and of medium hue. The nose has wood-bark, spice and leather, but now older, fading notes of roses and dried leaves. There is still some berry and baked plummy fruit, but this is faded. On the palate fruit is definitely being overtaken by acidity and drying tannins, but I was pleasantly surprised by its relative life and balance - there's still a lot of pleasure in this wine. Certainly time to drink-up on this evidence if you're still clinging to a few bottles. (02/00)