Big, rich nose of cherry pie and spices
Richly textured on the palate and full-bodied
Lingering finish with notes of fruit, pipe tobacco, and leather
Are you looking for a classic Super-Tuscan? This wine has it all. From the rich bouquet to the lingering finish, this wine is impressive.
Although I haven't read other reviews on this wine, I assume it's aged in small oak casks (the finishing trend that has invaded all corners of the Italian wine industry). It's a proprietary blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc that is very drinkable right now.
The Gaja-operated property doesn't command Gaja Piedmont prices in the hundreds, but the wine isn't cheap either at $70. We paid $120 for the privilege of ordering this at a fine Italian restaurant. I'm glad we did. Raise a glass!