Dusky purple with ruby edges. Sweet dark cherries and dust (my wife says "mothballs") on the nose, with hints of underbrush, milk chocolate, and cherry liqueur. Forty minutes of air opens this up dramatically into cherry perfume and a scent of cherry pits. Medium-bodied and cooly refreshing on the palate, with slightly snappy but unassertive acidity. Semi-sweet mixed red and black fruit flavors get a light coating of tannins on the finish. $18, and a good value this cheapskate's book. 13% alcohol. (FWIW, I liked the 2000 Nipozzano a whole lot too. I've got an '01 in the cellar.)
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