Minerals on the nose, followed by tobacco, tar, and a some faint raspberry
Steely core of fruit on the palate
Dry finish with more minerals and another breath of berries
Here we go again- "old-world" versus "new world". This wine is very much in the "old world" style, even for Italy. With the current trend of oak barriques invading all corners of Italy, this $20 wine remains staid and conservative.
More and more, this style of wine with it's steely core and drying finish of faint fruit layers will become an acquired taste. However, it's real merit lies in this wine's ability to compliment food. It will never overwhelm the meal like so many modern wines.
If you are hosting guests, be careful with this one because it's austere. If you're guests expect fruit forward, ripe, and round they might pour this in the dog's dish.
With all that said, the great debate will go on for ever. This well-made, old world wine has it's place in the cellar along side the many other styles of wine available today. Raise a glass!