Aromas recall grilled pepper, red currant and exotic spice. The palate delivers dried black cherry, toasted oak, roasted coffee bean, anisette and espresso alongside the heat of evident alcohol. It lacks fruit richness to stand up to the oak, while raspy tannins give it an astringent, mouth-drying finish.
Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast. Previously she wrote regularly on Italian wine for Wine News, World of Fine Wine and Decanter. She is the author of Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello (2005), Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines (2012) and Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine (2014).Email: email@example.com.