(mainly sangiovese, with cabernet franc, merlot and malvasia nera): Good medium-deep red. Black cherry, redcurrant, licorice and menthol aromas are lifted by a floral element that carries through on the palate. Flavors of dark cherry, licorice and underbrush are complicated by a tarry quality. Finishes suave and smooth, with harmonious tannins and good subtle, spicy length. I was impressed by the purity of the sangiovese fruit, given the fact that the wine also includes cabernet franc and merlot components; chalk up another winner to the dynamic duo of Lorenza Sebaste and Marco Pallanti.
Picked 13-15 October, 12 months in barrel, of which 20% new, before bottling in May 2010. Medium-intense dark ruby. Complex, well-knit nose that is obviously less ripe than the 2007 but is very pleasing. Elegant, delicate fragrance. Very glorious for current drinking. Dances on the palate with a very dry finish. Racy and ethereal with the savour of Sangiovese. Super-appetising.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020