Tenuta di Nozzole IL Pareto 2006 Toscana IGT, $50.99-$59.99, 93 points, has a coloration, though slightly cloudy and opaque at the core, of rosewood to ruby with an orange hue and a transparent rim.
After breathing for an hour or so, aromas of sweet cedar and pencil become more noticeable.
Full bodied, this wine is big; very acidic, gripping tannin, sheets of film on the glass denoting the wine's 14.5% alcohol, formidable astringency, all can make this a palate-buster if tasted without patience.
Underneath all of these "obstacles" a treasure of rich black fruit, plum, with violets and spice are ripe for the tasting.
Finishing long with black pepper and cayenne seals the deal on this mother of a Cabernet Sauvignon.
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