Shows cherry and red licorice on the nose, but not sweet
Some anise on the medium-bodied palate, nice texture
Earthy finish with more cherry accents
I don't see what all the fuss is about. To me, this is a decent, well-made wine. But it got big scores from some of the critics and I'm not sure why. I've had it twice now, with consistent notes.
The core flavors are nothing impressive and it shows no signs of the voluptous characteristics of small oak barrels that are used to finish off other red blends in Tuscany and Umbria. Maybe this is asking too much for a wine that retails for $11, but the wine critics are the ones who drew attention to it.
With that said, it does have nice texture and appears to be well-made overall. For a traditional-style Italian red, raise a glass!