(AG=95) There is so much to like about the 1997 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico. A juicy, expressive wine, the Recioto is especially forward and warm in this vintage. An exotic m’©lange of plums, mocha, espresso, spices and savory herbs captivates the intellectual and hedonistic senses in a wine of pure pleasure. Still a baby, the 1997 is developing gradually and beautifully. Readers lucky enough to own this elixir are in for a real treat. -- Antonio Galloni (RP=94) The 1997 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico is a gorgeous, refined wine with layers of sweet, perfumed fruit that flow gracefully from its medium-bodied frame. The 1997 Recioto isnŠ—Èt quite as extroverted as the profound 1995, but it does offer impeccable balance in a relatively understated, slender style for this house. Sweet spices, licorice, leather and incense linger on the long and immensely satisfying finish. I tasted the 1997 Recioto from both 375ml and 750ml bottles and found the wine consistently superb. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.