Tintilia is a grape that is native to the province of Molise in Italy.  Think of the back of the knee in the boot.  With a few exceptions, Molise is not known for their wines, but this grape could be changing things.  This deep ruby in color, a bit lighter at the rim.  The nose has plums, cherries and baking spices and smoke.  Full bodied.  On the palate, the plums are at the forefront but there are cherries in the background.  Underneath is a charred, earthy quality.  There is some acidity but not what one might expect from Italy.  This is broad and delicious wine that took a few hours in the glass to open up.  At age 9, it is close to mature but should have another six to ten years left of top drinking.  A nice match for pasta with a red sauce or pizza.  

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
92
Vintage: 
2011

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