Young, full-bodied, and Intense…
Producer: Alma – Santa Maria della Versa
Region/Country: Puglia, Italy
Grape Varietal(s): Sangiovese, Merlot
Consumed: Firegrill Restaurant, Montreal
Recommended By: An amiable waitress at the Firegrill Restaurant
Bottle Presentation: Modern, bordering on dramatic (somehow reminiscent of Dracula), would definitely stand out on the shelf
Appearance: Medium-dark ruby
Nose: Leather, white pepper
Taste: Leather, earth, plums, tannic, with a hint of old cheddar. Anise emerged as the wine opened.
Finish: Pepper, leather, and plums, with lingering tannins.
Overall Impression: A young, full-bodied, and fairly intense wine that paired well with steak, peppercorn sauce, grilled vegetables, and garlic mashed potatoes. Although the tasting notes suggested it could be sipped on its own, we suggest it would be better when paired with a flavourful meal. Despite the emergence of anise, it had a one-dimensional nature. We would like to try this IGT again in a few years once the tannins soften.
Rating (from 70 to 100): 84/100