OMG. This bottle was opened about 3 hours prior to drinking and decanted about 20 minutes prior (mostly for sediment). I was just blown away. I thought it would be good, even great, but it was amazing. Purple/ruby in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is awesome. Deep with plums, dark cherries, iodine, slight sandalwood and spice, lush earthiness with lush forest floor notes. On the palate, this is fresh and vibrant. Complex, layered and deep. Dark cherries, earthiness, forest floor notes, slight tea with just a slight drying tannin (in a good way). Great acidity. Worked perfectly
Ruby in color. The nose has cherries and dust. On the palate, this has sweet cherry fruit. A bit one dimensional but nice enough. It has a bit of prunes on the finish. Solid wine.
I have always been a fan of this wine going back decades. It used to be labeled as a Chianti but now they add fruit outside the zone and about 55% Sangiovese. It is still a great value and a wine that will age in the cellar for ten years at least. Ruby/purple in color. The nose is earthy with sandalwood and cherries and an underlying char. It is complex on the palate. Great texture. Cherries and cherry liqueur. Nice acidity making it food friendly.