#80 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
With deep ruby hues, it has a rich fruit aroma of red berries and soft smoky toast. Full-bodied wine, big and rich with ripe notes of raspberry, cinnamon and plum. The inherent sweetness of the Merlot acts as a bridge between the firm earthiness of the Sangiovese grape, the spicy blackcurrant of the Cabernet and the warm red fruit of the Syrah.
Terrifically paired with homemade pastas, meat sauces, mushroom based sauces and/or tartufo.