#13 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
A rich, brilliant ruby red. Good spice on the nose, with generous notes of tobacco and wet earth (and of dry earth as well). The palate is supported by a hefty charge of medium-smooth tannins to ensure the required lengthy ageing. Superb weight and structure, with a classic finish.
This is an enjoyable Italian wine - spicy and ideal for a red sauce dish like lasagna or even (gasp!) pizza. I enjoy this wine most after it has had a chance to breath a bit (decant for 20 minutes before serving).