Ruby-red. Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of cedar, graphite, tobacco and green bell pepper dominate the nose. Enters ripe with almost stewed plum and black cherry flavors, then turns slightly fresher and livelier, with saline, savory notes of aromatic spices, cedar and coffee complicating violet flavors. Boasts outstanding balance, suave tannins and length; undoubtedly a great wine, but the Nero d’Avola identity is almost completely lost, which I think is a shame (and makes me lower my score); those who don’t mind a lack of somewhereness in their wines will rate this higher than I did.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2028