Carpineto Riserva 2007 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva (D.O.C.G), $25.49-$32.99, 90+ points, appeared dark opaque ruby, but near the clear rim and leggy glass wall the color transitioned to a band of sunburst orange.
Beautiful aromas of cinnamon, cedar, tobacco, and soft rose wafted bright and sweet, though this red wine was very dry.
The smooth medium-plus body carried fat-cutting acidity with silky tannin.
Flavors were dominated by floral notes (a tad too much for me), but strawberry and red cherry added adequate fruit with those of tobacco, a hint of thyme, and dill.
Finished long with cayenne spice, mint, a well integrated 13.5% alcohol, and tart pomegranate.
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