This was smoking good.  My first time trying this although I have had this winery's lower end offerings before.  My understanding is that this wine is made in the same method as Amarone.  The grapes are dried out on straw mats prior to being crushed, but the wine is fermented (mostly) dry.  This is a robust and delicious wine.  Purple in color.  The nose has black cherries, cherries, tobacco, slight  roasted herbs, anise and smoke.  Full bodied.  Dry.  On the palate flavors of black raspberries, black cherries over burnt forest floor.  Great texture.  Complex and layered depth.  Good acidity.  Long finish.  This seems like it should be at peak but should also have ten to twenty more years of top drinking.  It will go with pizza or pasta, but also roasts and meat based casseroles.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94
Vintage: 
2009
Current Price: 
$65.00USD

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