TorCalvano 2008 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, $15-$30, 90 points, appeared opaque ruby at the core with a broad band of sunburst orange toward the clear rim and the leggy glass wall.
A robust black and red cherry on the nose, with hints of mushrooms and earth were pleasant.
The medium-plus body carried good acidity with firm though pleasant and enduring tannin.
Flavor notes were hints of coffee, tobacco, black cherry and red cherry with dried herbs.
Finished long with an intensifying spice, heat (14.5% alcohol) and mint.
Having had so few Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines doesn't take away from the excellence of the ones I've had.
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