I remember this from when I used to work at Trader Joe’s, although they’ve change the label in the last 5 years. This is the 2011 bottling – it’s still produced in IGT Salento, and made of equal proportions of Cabernet, Merlot, and Montepulciano. $8.
Color: fairly deep reddish purple; what you’d expect from both international varieties and southern Italy.
Aroma: intense blackberry and brambly fruit.
Taste: good depth – blackberry, plum, and some cocoa towards the finish. Acidity is half-way between Old World and New World, and the tannins are pretty soft for a young wine – this is definitely targeted at the American market.
A good wine for grilling out or having with simple Italian fare, but not really representative of the Italian winemaking style.