Bright ruby. Agree with Decanthor that Mr. Malocchio's review is dead on. Grapey, meaty wine with a very nice mineral spine. Dense but still quite lively on the palate. There is a lovely a game, red fruit and spice core to this wine. Fantastic value.
Tasted alongside 2009 Principe Corsini Birillo Maremma Toscana ($20). Cantine Valpane ($16) had more concentrated flavors (of dark fruits, bramble, a touch of smoke) than the Birillo. The Cantine Valpane tannins were more well integrated and overall a smoother texture. A nice, funky fruit forward easy drinking wine.
Very surprised by this wine. Mr. Malocchio's review (below mine) is dead on. I love the fruit and earthy/barnyard notes on this. Very soft on the palate. Excellent pairing with my Italian cold cuts. Tasted great on day 2. Buy more.
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