Bright Sangiovese nose of sour cherry and licorice
Steely core, with earthy tones on the palate
Moderately chalky tannins with red cherry, minerals, and traces of vanilla to finish
The wine never really opened up for us, but was developing more layers as it got some air. It has a lot of Sangiovese style, but is a "super-Tuscan" blend incorporating 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot with the Sangiovese base.
The fruit is sharp and the tannins are pronounced, but I'd be curious to taste this wine after a couple additional years of bottle ageing. My guess is that it would soften up, and hopefully become more harmonious too.
This was my first go-around with this wine. Dining out with PB and our wives, we figured we'd try something new from a wine list with very limited selections under $100. (Make sure to read his review forthcoming). We paid $50 for this bottle, and retail prices seem to be around $20. The restaurant markups make me cringe! Nevertheless, raise a glass of Tuscan juice!