Syrah is traditionally considered a New World grape, but here Antinori has found a plot of the stuff in Tuscany. Old World Italian Syrah? For real, folks, and it’s a bracing change of pace from traditional Italian reds and, more strikingly, the Syrah and Shiraz to which you’re likely accustomed.
The character is distinctly Italian, with dried herbs, earth tones, and tree bark dominating. This comes atop a moderate core of dark cherry, dark chocolate, and chewy dried fruit. This is a bizarre and quite engaging blend of Italy and Syrah, and it culminates in a sort of enigmatic cherry Jolly Rancher character.
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