The 2008 Percarlo is very young. Dark cherries, smoke, tobacco, incense and licorice burst from the glass in this powerful, virile wine. The 2008 Percarlo is surprisingly big for the vintage, but it also shows some rough edges that will require bottle age to soften. Still, I am impressed with the sheer depth of the fruit and the wine’s overall length. Percarlo has a way of developing beautifully in bottle, and I have little doubt that will be the case here as well, given the way the wine comes together after a few hours of air. Though not inexpensive, Percarlo is without question one of the very finest wines in the world in its price range. I followed an open bottle for three days, during which the wine never lost one bit of its intensity. This is a fabulous showing.