(2009 Vintage) Streaks of garnet giving way to intense ruby red. Candied fruits and spices that evolve into clean underbrush, tea, and amber notes. Enhanced by notes of red flowers, the aromas return on the palate transported by confident but not overbearing alcohol. The tannins and fresh acidity work in counterpoint to create a balanced, soft wine.
Wine & Spirits(2004 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 06/09. The aromas of bacon fat and smoke dominate the notes of rose and plum when this is first poured. A blend of negroamaro (85 percent) and malvasia nera (15), it gains depth with air, melding umami richness with vibrant acidity. Decant a bottle for braised boar.
Wine Spectator(2011 Vintage) Juicy flavors of ripe wild strawberry and red licorice mark the start to this light- to medium-bodied red, with supple tannins lending some structure and weight. Savory accents of garrigue, loamy earth and star anise echo on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 20,833 cases made.
International Wine Cellar(2003 Vintage) Deep ruby. Musky aromas of sweet strawberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, espresso, tobacco and brown spices, freshened by a strong minerality. The red fruit flavors offer good ripeness and smooth texture, but the level of acidity is on the low side and the finish could be longer. I'd drink this over the next couple of years.