Coffee and chocolate open the nose of this Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and 15% Merlot. The wine is inky and well concentrated with thick, chewy density and plump cherry notes. It represents a straightforward combination of fruit and spice and would pair with most meat and pasta dishes.
From the excellent 2007 vintage, Monte Antico (a blend of 85% Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) offers easy spice aromas of clove and cinnamon followed by a fresh dose of cherry fruit.
Here’s a cheerful and well-priced blend of Sangiovese (85%), Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with good density and concentration backed by aromas of spice, blackberry and wet earth. The wine (packaged in a screw cap bottle which is rare to see on red wines from Italy) is fresh and clean and imparts fresh berry flavors.
Upright, with notes of cinnamon candy on a nose dominated by bright red fruit. Quite clean and free flowing, with snappy strawberry and cherry flavors resting comfortably on a fresh, acid-driven palate. The opposite of dead weight; this is a lively wine.
This by-the-glass performer is spicy and decent, with some oak-driven maple aromas coming up late. It’s more or less a simple fruit ball that delivers ample raspberry and cherry flavors. Spice on the finish provides some needed character. —M.S.