I am digging this tonight. Still impossible to place in Italy but it is ripe, polished, and fairly complex. Wood is bit heavy handed at the moment. The finish is hot but I like the black pepper that lingers on. Having been through about 4 btls of this over the years I doubt this is a rebuy (proving the adage I live by to never drink a wine with an animal name on the label or a picture of an animal).
Always loved this wine and it is still showing great. I would expect to enjoy these over the next 2 years. To me it has enough richness and density that would make a new world palate happy but yet maintains it's easily identifiable Tuscan personality.
Inky dark ruby, blackberry nose. Dry, full bodied fruit with some tartness, light tannins, a little bitter almond and pepper. Still a little raw on the PnP, 88, needs some air time to open up. Developed overnight into a more integrated wine with iodine, less raw, but has a ways to go. This has classic Italian character with bold but not jammy fruit.
Inky dark ruby, blackberry nose. Bone dry, fresh acid, stone fruits, light tannins, well balanced, smooth mouthfeel, just a little bitter on the finish. Drinking very nicely on the PnP. A few nights later, just kept getting better each night, bold but nicely balanced fruit, just a touch of soft bitter that does not detract and adds to the complexity. I enjoy a wine that improves with each revisit. Some life left in this puppy.
Medium purple-red, ripe cherry nose. Dry, slightly tart and tannic red berries with just a hint of bitter almond. Medium body and fruit with a good balance of fruit , acid and tannins. the back of the tongue bitter keeps it below 90 pts. Needs food, salami, cheese & crackers
Inky dark ruby, purple rim, ripe cherry nose. Dry, red fruits, bold body, some heat, bitter tannins on PnP, 86pts. Will give it another day to integrate. Another day really helped improve the wine. The fruit is brighter, the bitter is still there, but not offensive. I am really seeing bitter in the Italians lately, I may be letting them age too long. When it first had this wine three years ago, it was OMG delicious. Now it is just OK. Either it has changed or I have. With out the bitter, it would approach that aged Italian that I enjoy. Drink up. Give it another day and the glory is back, the bitter has diminished to a bitter almond, luscious mouthfeel, soft tannins, light acid, medium body and fruit. Another night, and more improvement, bright fruit, raspberries, very nice balance of acid, fruit and tannins.
Dark garnet in color. Forest floor and cherry aroma. First night a little disjointed with acid and alcohol too much out front. The nice red fruit is there, but it is being overwhelmed by the acidity. Got somewhat better later in the evening. About 1/2 bottle remaining the next day. Wow, this is so much better. It really came together after spending the night in the cellar under vacuum. Great combination of earthiness, spice and red cherry framed by soft sweet tannins. Really love this combination of old and new world flavor with very nice structure. Rich and full. Medium length finish.
Hmmm, wow, interesting. I suppose the reason I can't call this wine 'outstanding' is that I simply could not peg it as Italian. There was nothing about it that tasted like Tuscany, the Tuscan coast, or anywhere all that close. In fact, the fruit had a jammy, almost roasted characteristic that I would have placed in the Midi. Having said that, the wine was well-structured, balanced, unctious, and worked great with a garlicly shrimp risotto. Finish could be longer. It is a crowd pleaser, but not a thinking man's (or woman's) wine. I think I enjoyed my previous btl of this a bit more. I have somemore so will check in again.
Pour through Vinturi ... Deep dark garnet in color, muted nose with floral whiffs that reflected on the palate. Also has a strong mineral component, but it's not overpowering. Very, very dry with firm tannins and a long finish. A big Italian that not's too overwhelming. A well-made wine and very good value. Pairs with well with pasta, beef or anything with spice.
July 18 2010 tasted SBS w 2007- the 2006 had darker fruit and the nose a little more subtle -there seems to be good overall balance and enough extraction for further development. Dark pit fruit plums and some balsamic notes. With extended decant the fruit gains a little sweetness and subtelty.While overall this is a tannin laden wine which will ideally benefit from rich food or red meat, the tannins add a nice structure and the finish is more complex than most wines in this price range. This may turn out to be even better with a few more years in bottle. Good QPR.
Nose of caramel and blackberry with nice blackberry, pepper and slightly bitter, earthy flavors. Today this bottle seemed alittle too oaky for my tastes (although it hasn't in the past), but overall this is a very nice $16 bottle of wine.
A dark -though not opaque - ruby in the glass, the nose featured ripe red and black fruits, with noticeable forest floor funkiness. On the palate, a tasty, fairly open-knit blend with subtle spicy hints, oak, licorice. Not as structured as I expected, and acid level less than, for example, Barbera d'Alba or most Chianti. Paired quite well with chicken cacciatore, though I'll hope that my remaining bottles develop a little more in the short term.
enjoyable and drinkable. Drank two days ago so not very good recall except that those at Dinner thought it was enjoyable. Not really something that goes for ever, went well with Bone-in ribeyes. Available on deal lcally, may wwant to look at for a weeknight under $20 drinker.
After about an hour in an open bottle, this had a bouquet of raspberries and red fruit, with a hint of spiciness of anise and black pepper. On the palatte, there was an excellent balance of fruit and non-fruit flavors of forest floor with a hint of cedar. Overall, an amazing wine for the money, wold definitely buy more.
Upon opening it was big fruit with lots of heat. Nice but a little round. After 90 minutes in the decanter, it opened up nicely. It got softer and the finish got longer and more elegant. I think this one gets a lot better in a year or two.
Tasted 11-8-09. Super Tuscan blend of 35% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Deep crimson-garnet hue. Lovely aromatics of sangria-fruit, earth, forest floor, spice. Palate is delightful. Round & full without heaviness. Well knit & balanced thru the attack, midpalate & finish. Mouthfeel is silky & elegant; nothing harsh to be found. Luscious but with enough backbone. Smooth, supple, nice length finish. Built like Bordeaux but still remains somehow Tuscan. Really really nice, can stand alone also. Kept well after opening- added graphite & wood/cedar notes. Should age OK prob. 5+ years. Is drinking well now & don't think it needs more bottle time. Dive in.
Well this one did nothing for me. Way too alcoholic, it is boring to death. All fruits, kirsch, the heat because of the alcohol prevents from enjoying this wine which is way too simple and way overpriced.
not impressed. "bdx-tuscan" spices (nutmeg) on the nose, black fruit, little oak. medium-bodied. initial soft velvety, then after 2 seconds quite firm-tannic mouthfeel, somewhat improved on 2nd day, short bitter(-chocolate) finish.