Winemaker Notes: The vibrant nose of red and black cherries and ripe plums combines with floral touches of violets and rose petals. It holds a nice tannic structure that is full on the palate. Vanilla, chocolate, and some spice appears to make it more complex. This is a fruitdriven, fresh and well-structured wine that pairs great with meats like prosciutto or hard cheeses.
Unique recipe ideas include Smoked Chicken and Blueberry Salad or Roast Pork Tenderloin with Medjool Date, Olive and Walnut Relish.
James Suckling - "This has such interesting, sweet and fragrant, violet-like florals with rich purple fruit and a faint, stony edge. The palate is very plush and rich and the velvety tannins carry so long and even. Black-cherry and cocoa-powder finish. A more serious vintage for this wine."
Wine & Spirits - "The old-school label conjures up an Italian bottling from the 1950s; the wine, however, is firmly modern, gravelly and extracted in its blackberry fruit, polished with smoky oak. This is a generous red, with enough acidity to match it to a sausage pizza."