Round and full-bodied, with a touch of prune to the otherwise foresty nose. Tastes a bit cooked, but not enough to be a detractor. Beyond that, the plum, raisin and black-cherry flavors are deep and satisfying. Finishes expectedly rich, but with structure. Drink by the end of 2006.
A small percentage of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is added to this Sangiovese-based wine to add structure and softness. As a consequence, the nose is attractively redolent of sweet cherry, clove, toasted almond, espresso and new leather.
Deep cherry, cocoa, and cedar aromas, and flavors of plum, black cherry and chocolate are in full play here. The even, medium-weight mouthfeel is well balanced and the long finish has fine, dusty tannins. A handsome example of the new, well-oaked style that will improve over the next three years.