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The 1998 Cascina Francia is a fine bottle in the making, which not surprisingly, is in need of several years of bottle age. The deep and primary nose offers up a lovely mélange of black cherries, road tar, fresh oregano, woodsmoke, fennel and a great base of soil. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and seamless, with a fine core of fruit, firm, well-integrated tannins, tangy acids and a long, youthful, bright and bouncy finish. With a couple of hours decanting this wine is quite approachable, but the layers of complexity that will eventually emerge from this wine are still a good decade away. I would not hesitate to tuck this away in the cellar for at least another half dozen years, for as tasty as it is today with proper decantation, it will be infinitely better in ten years. Drink between 2013-2050.