The oldest wines were the Prunotto 1978 Riserva and the 1982 Sandrone. Both were quite mature with tar and earth flavors. The 1985 Sandrone had not gone all brown in color with some crimson still showing. Fresher and more lively than the first two wines it was a wine to drink now. The 1989 Sandrone was the overall favorite. It had everything you could ask for. Sweet red fruits, a silky texture and a finish that went on forever. An incredible wine! At the end of the tasting I revisited it to see if it still bested the other wines. It did, the tannins were just a bit more prominent than on my first taste but it still was the star of the night.
If either the 1990 or the 1996 Sandrones had been tasted on their own they would have gotten rave reviews. But coming after the 1989, (We tasted oldest to youngest. I know that some tasters prefer to go the opposite way but I think this was best for these wines) it was too much competition.