$12, 4 stars, 88 points, cabernet sauvignon, Italy, merlot, sangiovese
It’s labeled as a Rosso Italia which means there is no rules the winemaker had to play by as far as varietals, blending, aging etc. It’s the way it should be if you ask me- let the winemaker make the choices, not hamstrung by Byzantine Old World rules.
It is a deep claret color with medium intensity aromas of red cherry, blackcurrant, ripe plum, baking spice and a touch of charcoal. The palate is dry and grippy with upfront, somewhat green tannins. Medium (-) acidity, medium body and short finish. The flavors are much more focused on blackcurrant and cherry, with a hint of spice and oak influence peeking out from behind the tannic veil. The astringency is a little much to be honest, this is either a very young wine, or just out of balance. At $12 per bottle it is a handy blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cab Sav that get 88 point from me. Drink this 4 star wine with meaty dishes or hearty pasta till 2025. Salut….