Beautiful blackberry jam color
Awesome nose of strawberry jam, candied cherry, and spice, with hints of earth and licorice
Dense core with black currant flavors
Very strong tannins at first, which softened somewhat with decanting
Interestingly, this is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Made in the land of Barbera and Nebbiolo, I was surprised to see this indication on the label. Apparently, in some years, the winery blends these three grapes to make this wine. It's not cheap at $28, but it has class. While completey Cabernet Sauvignon, it still has something about it that feels Italian.
The flavors are big and bold, but that tannins have enough bite to make me pucker. Even with the decanting, it never really mellowed out. Maybe some time in the cellar will help. Raise a glass!