This opens up nicely with pronounced bittersweet chocolate and sour cherry. Light notes of candied violets. The final push, a raspberry soda with a woodsy note, is soft and not overwhelming. Silken on the palate. Drinks like a well tailored suit.
Over at RA’s Wine Advocate, Monica Larner referred to it as having a sophisticated international style and being “exciting value” from southern Italy. It is all that and then some. While we couldn’t quite get the 91 points of the whole enterprise we do say this: BC churns out a wine like this there are seven “very limited” cases at $80 a bottle. I exaggerate, but you get my drift. At this price point BC vineyards are selling their “base model” reds that are often bitter and lesser and forgettable. Plus, why not try something from Abruzzi-Molise?
Price: Regularly a very respectable $24 at BC Liquor, on sale currently at $22.50 but, and I must rub your nose in this, only $19 in Ontario. We really are the oppressed state Ms. Christy Clark.
Market Liquidity: You’d be hard pressed to serve this at dinner and not please the lot.