I was disappointed with it's harshness even after aerating and decanting. Thin. I buy a lot of wine from this site and have been pleased. This is as closed as I've gotten to sending wine back. Others purchased in this price range have been far superior, but I suppose it's hard to produce a natural wine. I bought a case and will have to drink it myself as I will not serve it to anyone.
I am not a wine connisseur, I just enjoy drinking good wine and this is not it. The wine smells like it was made from old moldy grapes and perhaps watered by dirty or canal water. The taste is sour and dry with an hard to describe sour note that lingers. The good news is that it is salvageable if you like sangria. You can make a decent sangria with it but it will still have that lingering sour taste.
One of the best value wines since the 06 Monti Antico. Perhaps even better.
Picens offers a cigar ash bouquet absent in most all easy drinking value Italian blends on my third case, a real winner.
If you want to know where to spend your fifteen bucks, this is the wine to spend it on. Superb quality for the price.
I bought this wine along with others as a gift for my wife. The flavor was rich and its aroma was fruity. She loved this wine so much she asked me to get more. I am buying her a case for Christmas.
For the price, it is a very good buy. Not to impress guests, but a really good table wine to go along with Italian dishes, especially with tomato based sauces. Worth every cent, and more.
Nice subtle fruits....good balance ...this wine is a surprisingly good value
To begin with, let us just agree that there has been a misunderstanding between these two reviewers with both of them "reading between the lines". In the future, perhaps one may purchase a bottle of wine at a time, read reviews judiciously and try not to be too sensitive about remarks and comments that are posted here. Peace.
I don't know what types of wine some of these reviewers are used to drinking, based on their comments--this is not a Zin, or a Merlot, which sounds like what they may have been expecting. Perhaps if they had read the label before they bought it, they may have found at that point that the wine may not be to their liking--as they say "to each his own". Now, back to the wine; I found this wine to be "Spectacular!", especially at the price-point. It was true to it's blend, with a GREAT nose, full of fruit, with just the right amount of tannins. However, I will say that you need to drink this wine with the right food to properly enjoy it. Just to open the bottle and drink it on it's own, may not be a pleasant to some. I've had it with a sausage meat lasagna, and with "Osso Bucco", and the wine was great with both. If you're an Italian wine drinker, and understand how they differ from California wines, and appreciate that; this will be the best 11 bucks you ever spent on a wine.
My 2 cents.
Why do you find it necessary to insult others who didn't like this wine just because you did? I assure you, I'm neither a neophyte nor a snob, and I enjoy a wide variety of wines (although I rarely drink merlots as I find them more of an "entry-level" red for people who don't drink red wines).
I read the label before I bought the wine, and I found it to be, quite simply, a wine I do not like. I gave a bottle to my brother-in-law (a professional chef, and a very good one at that) to see if he would be willing to take it off my hands for use as a cooking wine at least, but he also did not care for it and politely declined.
Just because you liked this wine doesn't mean that those who don't are "wrong". It simply means that you liked it. Tastes vary, and it's asinine to insult people whose tastes don't match yours.
For what it's worth, I have long been a fan of Italian wines since the first time I tried one while in Italy many years ago. I have a fair collection of Italian reds, with some super Tuscans being among my absolute favorite wines. Don't assume that anybody whose taste doesn't match yours is somehow ignorant or inexperienced- it only makes your review come across as nasty and petty.
I didn't write my review to insult anyone; as far as being nasty and petty; I'd give you the prize for that one. People who use "thin and harsh" to describe the characteristic of a wine, are usually novices in my opinion (having hosted dozens of wine tastings myself), and I'd bet money that those people are not familiar with Italian wines, and YES, they would prefer a Merlot or Zin (not that there aren't great ones). Although my "comment" in my orig. review was not a rebuttal to yours; I have an opposing view of the wine, as do a few others who have posted here. No, it's not a $65 bottle of Brunello, but it's a damn good $10 bottle, and I think your criticism was a bit of an exaggeration, as was your comments regarding your brother-in-law not wanting to cook with it. Pleeeeease!
Again, for somebody who claims to not be writing to insult, you manage to do a lot of it.
You like the wine; other people don't. That doesn't make you right, and it doesn't make them right. Tastes are subjective. Since I didn't write the review you quote, I can't speak to whether or not that person is familiar with Italian wines, but as I said, I am, and I don't care for this one. As for your comments about what I wrote, I neither exaggerated nor misrepresented my brother-in-law's polite declining of my offer to use it as cooking wine. He doesn't cook with wine he wouldn't drink, and he didn't care for the wine. It is that simple.
While you seem to find it necessary to express your vast experience, as somebody who has "hosted dozens of wine tastings", I would expect that you would know that different people like different wines. Faux snobbery is pointless and doesn't improve one's credibility when one is apparently incapable of recognizing the basic fact that wine is subjective, and regardless of the experience and palate of the taster, different people like different wines.
So, I guess your commenting that your brother-in-law wouldn't even cook with a wine isn't an insult to those who drink and like the wine? You call me a "faux snob"; when you have proven yourself to be a "true snob".
:sigh: You really need to get over yourself. I said that my brother-in-law didn't like the wine (nor did I, nor did my sister). There is nothing in my statements that "insults" people who drink and like the wine- as I repeatedly said, some people like it, some don't. Tastes are subjective. Your repeated nastiness and hypersensitivity doesn't do anything to help people decide if this is a wine for them, nor does it further the conversation. Grow a thicker skin, and grow up.
You liked the wine. Several others did, as well. I didn't, as, again, some others didn't. There is no "right" or "wrong" here, at least as far as liking or disliking the wine, just different tastes. To me, this wine had a funk that I found unpleasant, and no characteristics that I seek out in a wine (depth, balance, body).
However, I did not "call" you anything, let alone a "faux snob". Please stop misquoting (and misusing quotation marks as emphasis) and claiming name-calling that didn't occur. I didn't say that my brother-in-law "wouldn't even cook with" this wine. I repeatedly and clearly stated that, like me, he didn't care for the wine and declined my offer to give him the rest of the case to use in cooking. Mischaracterizing what I wrote doesn't change the fact that you are repeatedly claiming quotes that don't exist.
For ten dollars a bottle, some people might find this wine a real value. I'm just not one of them. For a few dollars more, there are much better wines to be had, in my opinion.
I took a chance on a case because I thought that at this price point, even if it turned out to be a fairly mediocre wine, it would still be a low-risk purchase. What I didn't expect was to find the wine to be outright offensive- and again, your mileage may vary.
I don't claim that somebody who likes this wine is somehow uneducated, inexperienced, or otherwise ignorant; I just think their tastes and palates are different than mine and provided my thoughts as counterpoints to the experience of others. I read the reviews that were here before I purchased this wine, and I read the label- none of what I read prepared me for what I experienced in this wine. Who knows; maybe I got a bad batch. Nonetheless, my opinion, like that of everybody else who managed to express their thoughts on this wine without spending half of their reviews insulting people who disagree, was and remains valid.
I am clearly in the minority, but I cannot stand this wine. It is thin, acidic, has no depth or complexity, and has an unpleasant finish reminiscent of rotting vegetation. I really wanted to like this wine. I tried aerating it. I tried letting it open up for an hour, then two hours, then three. While the wine becomes more tolerable after it opens up, the unpleasant finish remains. In fact, it's more noticeable after the wine breathes. It's very rare for me to dislike a wine, but this one just doesn't appeal to me at all. Maybe I got a bad bottle; since I bought a case, I'm now foisting it off on family members for use in cooking if they don't dislike it as I do. I'll try it again after we open another bottle and if it was just a bad bottle, I'll return and update my review. However, the wine really didn't taste like it had turned; it just wasn't good.
Wine Maker Notes
Domodimonti’s ambition to make the highest quality Natural Wine does not only depend on quality grapes, fertile land, ample precipitation or plenty of sun; a highly qualified team is required. At Domodimonti, inspiration and guidance is given by internationally renowned winemaker, Carlo Ferrini, who in turn adds a unique presence to the team. Without the experienced and dedicated winegrowers, vineyard workers, winery staff, enologists and agronomists, Domodimonti would have never been able to achieve the original dream. In 2010, Domodimonti's new state-of-the-art winery, designed to generate the least amount of visual and ecological impact on the environment, was inaugurated. It is a testament to the continuous drive of producing natural wine.
Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon