Pasta for dinner means an Italian wine but I’m afraid this one might be a touch young. Made from Montepulciano grapes it is medium opacity with garnet hues. The nose is medium (-) in intensity and gives me aromas of red licorice, cherry, smoke, nutmeg, red plum and cherry cola. The palate is not what I was expecting- much more approachable. Dry, with medium (-) tannins, juicy acidity and medium weight body. The flavors are medium intensity with notes of cherry, cola, strawberry, nutmeg, and a hint of red plum. I don’t get the smoke component any more. The tartness of the cherry is evident on the finish, which is relatively short. I like this wine as a basic, no frills red that will serve the pairing well. It gets 88 points from me and for the entry-level price of $11 it is worthy of 4 stars. Keep a few on hand for a weekday spaghetti night. Drink now. Salut….