I purchased this bottle at Trader Joe’s Bellingham store for about US$19, but it actually cost me a lot more in Canadian dollars because of the tax paid at the border.
Medium ruby with a tinge of garnet, it has aromas of plum, black licorice and plenty of gamey meat.
The palate is dry with medium acidity and hot alcohol alongside flavours of blackberry, damson plum, tar, soy sauce and some relaxed tannins. The finish is simple.
Made from mostly Sangiovese grapes, there is also some Merlot and Syrah added in. The alcohol is slightly high and the flavours are not clear; it’s definitely unbalanced.
Overall, it’s an uncomplicated, WSET Acceptable wine. Average at best, it’s doing its thing, but unremarkably for the most part. Use as a second or third bottle on pizza night.