Julia scored this wine: 94/100
For an almost $20 and under wine, this has to be the star of that category. Presenting true nuances of a Ripasso done well.
On the nose there are wild hedgerow fruit of black berries, logan berries, juniper berries and finally cranberries. Terroir tones of hedgerow undergrowth.
On the palate there are again the wild fruits of black berries, redcurrants, juniper berries, cranberries, cooked plums and dried dates. Terroir tones of dried earth from the roots of hedgerow undergrowth intermingle with the notes of hot, dry backed terra cotta releasing notes of minerality. Tones of oak and smooth vanilla blend together before releasing herbal tones of bay leaves. Weathered leather and espresso beans step and release velvety tannins. A last spice of nutmeg and cloves end the journey with a smooth and lengthy finish.
Delicious served with an array of cheeses, walnuts and dried fruits, or a roasted lemon and herbed chicken roasted with garlic roasted potatoes.