Nice and simple blend here. Getting some rhubarb pie on the nose with some herbs de Provence. Acids and tannins are fairly prominent on a medium body. Charred cherry, tart red fruits, and an abundance of leather on the palate. Reasonably good for the price point.
A very pleasant Italian red, cellared for the 3 1/2 years after purchase. Difficult to tell the difference between this and a top-flight Cali cab franc. A solid value at $30 from WTSO. Cabernet notes predominate with berries and smoke, tar and earth in the background. Could improve a bit with a couple more years' aging, but is ready to drink now with decanting.
On night one this was an OK wine, a little fruit forward with red cherries. Drinkable but not remarkable. Day 2 it didn't seem to improve, so I let it decant a few hours to see if it would make a difference. Instead it got worse, and ended up going down the drain. I'm leaving a reasonably good score for its drinkability on the first night.
Phi is a modern style, Super-Umbrian blend of Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Merlot and Cab Franc. Lovely cherry, berry, mint and violet aromas. Softly textured, with wild cherry, currant, red plum, baking spice, sweet bell pepper and tobacco flavors. Balanced acids, silky tannins, and a juicy finish that brings a smile. This is a great second-day sipper (think claret on a rainy afternoon) that surely deserves decanting. But you'll be missing out if you don't try it with pecorino and figs, or at the least, freshly-made pasta. 14.1% abv. QPR. Drink or hold.
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