What's really astonishing is that there was 400,000 bottles produced of this stuff for the vintage! Now thats a large production wine but the quality is absolutely amazing. I wish some of the new world producers would focus on producing this kind of quality in there larger production, introductory wines.
On the nose I get blueberry, black cherry creme pie, vanilla, raisin, prunes, sugared dates, leather, and tobacco. It's a really fantastic bouquet that just keeps developing in the glass. On the palate I get flavors of black cherry, prune, raisin, vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate. There is also a trademark Italiano earthiness to it as well, which comes across quite stylish and makes you want to whip out the pasta. I absulutely adore this wine for the price!
Average Retail: $8-12
Vino Blog Rating: 8/10