A two-hour drive east from Rome,?Abruzzo?is an unspoiled gem of natural beauty. The land is defined by the Apennine Mountains, particularly the Majella and Gran Sasso massifs, in the west, which pose a grand backdrop to the gently rolling hills that cascade into the Adriatic Sea to the east.
A wealth of cola, licorice and other sweet spice tones ride over a baked cherry core in this wine. The medium-bodied palate lends a bit more freshness, with ripe cherry and currant flavors showing more integration with the oak tones.?ALEXANDER PEARTREE