The cork is not wet but certainly decrepit, crumbling despite my best efforts. The color is medium light with characteristic orange tones. The bouquet, though, is beautiful: cherries, roses and just a slight bit of leather and earth. My notes on the regular bottling of Barbaresco from this estate mentioned the interplay between dry and sweet, and this bottle meets that description. Also good balance between tannin and acid. Has the tart ripeness of a Nebbiolo grape just plucked from the vine. Very concentrated but also elegant and graceful. I think Maria di Brun, the mother of the estate's owner, would highly approve, as do we--Fred and Donna--enjoying our 48th anniversary.