10/2/12 7:03 PM
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.
12/8/12 7:56 AM
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.
11/29/13 1:45 PM
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.
7/10/13 4:15 PM
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.
3/9/12 11:23 AM
Nice subtle fruits....good balance ...this wine is a surprisingly good value
8/12/13 1:28 AM
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.
12/21/12 12:42 AM
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.