and coming! The Italian Reds you see....but you can't say I didn't warn you! I've been very interested in the Italian reds since the WBW-Go Native theme, and picking them up in my mixed cases has now become routine.
The wine was a 2005 Le Volte Ornellaia Toscana. I picked it up as a replacement to the David Bruce Petite Sirah that was corked at my WBW blind tasting. It cost $24.99 minus a 10% case discount, had a real cork closure and clocked in at 14% alcohol by volume.
On the nose I found blackberry, sandalwood, leather, and pepper. I could also smell spice, but the nose was very dark. It also smelled a little syrupy on the nose. In the mouth, the flavors were cherry and blackberry. Those nose was much more complex than the mouth. The wine was bitter, but oddly a little sweet, and quite tannic overall. It was different than any other red I've had and it was lighter in the mouth than I expected.