($130; a blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon, 5% merlot and 5% sangiovese) Good full medium ruby. Multifaceted nose offers currant, flowers, tobacco and licorice, plus a tinge of minerally ink. Blackcurrant and raspberry fruit flavors are complicated by a ferrous, blood-like, mineral quality. The wine's lush, dense texture is nicely firmed by an edge of acidity on the very long, smooth finish.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry
Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap
and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern
style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines;
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Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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