I previously reviewed the 2006 iteration of this wine -- which I liked a lot -- and I like this one equally. Very favorable smell-and-flavor-to-price ratio. Lots of bang for the buck.
Dark ruby garnet color. Exuberant nose of almost pungent cherry and plum extract, baking spices, and crushed stone. Intensely flavorful -- but not heavy or jammy at all -- with penetrating fruit attacking the palate. Some fine-grained tannins give texture, with dark cherry extract fruit then turning just a tad bitter (in a good way) and earthy as the finish wore on. Full-bodied, but with respectable acidity. No heat at all in the long finish. A textbook ripasso-style Valpo with loads of character. A. Was $18.99 at Central Market, making it a very good value. Imported by Banville & Jones Wines.