A friend of mine is from Molise.  A few years ago he mentioned the Tintilia grape to me.  Since then I have really been impressed.  This is one of the pricier ones I have tried so far.  It retails for around $35 which is a lot for a wine from Molise but not for this quality.  If I had to compare it, it seems like a mythical cross between Merlot and Aglianico.  Purple in color with some ruby swirls.  The nose has lots of cherries and dark cherries with some smoke/char.  Also kust a bit of dry earth.  On the palate, this has good acidity.  Lots of cherry and black cherry fruit with some underlying char.  There is a nice depth with medium tannins.  It unwinds in the glass.  Got better until it was gone.  I think this has some upside and should continue to improve for another five years and be good for ten after that.  It went well with pizza but would work well with most Italian dishes.   

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