Wine Enthusiast (90 points) - Avignonesi’s Vino Nobile offers an alluring fragrance of rose petal and balsamic herbs along with cherry and spice accents. The palate delivers restrained black fruit flavors alongside notes of chocolate and licorice. – Karine O’Keefe
Wine Spectator (91 points)- This round version is laced with black cherry and raspberry fruit, showing hints of cocoa and spice. Firm tannins lend support, making this well-balanced overall, with a lingering finish of warm chocolate cake. Drink now through 2022. – Bruce Sanderson
Confident, grown-up style, combining the classic chewy cherry edge of Sangiovese with extra blackcurrant and damson flavors. There’s also a savoury, earthy character, aromas of vanilla and grilled meat and just the right amount of chewy tannin. Iron fist in a velvet glove, very impressive.
This vintage of Vino Nobile displays intense aromas of red fruit, Mediterranean shrubs and sweet spices, with a balsamic touch and a round, delicate, long lingering taste.
Chocolate notes. Distinct oak without being overwhelming. Decent finish.
From The Brandel's - 11 18 13 when they came over to watch the DVD.
Ristorante Simone bottle
Yummy everday house wine
Very smooth low tannins
Wine Advocate(2001 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 158 on Apr-05
International Wine Cellar(1997 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator