Il Velluto (or “velvet” in Italian) offers a smooth and yielding texture with pretty aromatic highlights of forest berry, red apple, old spice and used leather. The wine is from the 2000 vintage but you can still taste the ripeness of the fruit here. Velvet is indeed a fitting name.
Il Velluto is a thin, neutral smelling wine with distant aromas of fruit and spice over mineral and cedar wood. The wine performs nicely in the mouth however with fresh fruit flavors and a tonic, vibrant feel that would work with simple meat, lamb or pork.
A touch volatile, with raisiny, leathery aromas that are much like Port. Some cola and black cherry make for a classic ripasso palate, while the finish is smooth and slightly bitter. Drying, fading tannins, however, render it already past its prime; drink now if at all.
Slightly gaseous on the nose and losing freshness with each passing day. Zingy acids are keeping it alive but the flavors are slipping toward cranberry and tomato. Not much else is left.