This is the 2009 vintage – a $7 bottle from Trader Joe’s. I’ve had a few other Grifone bottles before, with mixed results. Let’s see how this does; I’m drinking it with an eggplant-mushroom-onion pizza.
Aroma: not very striking on the nose – dried cherry and spice.
Taste: good balance, with just enough acidity throughout. Spice dominates over the fruit; there is plenty of tannin on the finish. It’s medium in body, with enough power for this pizza; but I think it would fall short if you had a meat-lover’s.
A pretty good bottle for only $7; I think this would really shine with pasta and a meaty sauce, or a hearty lasagna. Recommended.