I usually don't buy non-DOC Italian wines, especially from Tuscany, because they're usually non-indigenous varietals and tend to be heavily oaked and "international" in style. I hate that shit on principle. But my research indicated that this 60% Syrah, 20% Sangiovese, 20% (f*cking) Merlot is aged only in large casks for a short period, and was grown organically near Pisa. So I gave it a shot. I like it.
The first night it was very tight and unyielding. I got nothing out of it. Good thing I didn't review it then. But I put it under Vacu-Vin for two days and came back to on night 3. Much better.
Very dark, black ruby with violet highlights. On night 3 the nose showed very precise dark cherry fruit, framed nicely by slightly smoky, rock dusty- minerals. Concentrated, focused fruit in the mouth, with nice persistence and texture. Medium-full body and great acids. Finishes just a tad shorter than I'd like, but is very pleasurable. The fact that it took so long to show itself tells me this wine will age nicely for a few years. If you're going to drink it in the next 12 months, be sure to decant it in a huge decanter several hours ahead of time. This wine will go well with a wide range of dishes. B+. Was $14.99 from WTSO.com. Imported by Superior Wines, Cranford, NJ.
PS -- I have to say, the label just sucks. Really stupid.