(From 2010 Vintage) This is a ripe and delicate red that very successfully strives for that difficult equilibrium between power and elegance. Small berry fruit, moist earth and dried violets open the bouquet. The wine is defined by structure with a beautifully feminine and ethereal quality at the back. The wine is redolent of sweet spice and tobacco with lingering prune and dark cherry. The tobacco theme is strong with dried cigar leaf and ash. The wine is lively in the mouth, with a tight vein of acidity that keeps it from feeling heavy on the palate.
Spicy notes of French oak rise above distinct aromas of cherry and berry. The palate has a backbone of Sangiovese, a roundness of Merlot and enhanced body from the oak. The fruit purity and varietal signatures are testament to the meticulous care given to the young vines.