Arnaldo~Caprai 2009 Montefalco Rosso, $16.99-$19.99, 87 points, appeared bright ruby at the core, but the dominant color was orange/red with a transparent rim.
Cedar, black currant, and leather on the nose were okay.
Medium bodied with lip-smacking acidity and mouth-puckering tannin were a bit surprising in their intensity, but proved to be a Buffalo-wings buster of red wine characteristics.
Strawberry and red cherry were almost fruity, yet quite dry, and nuanced savory herbs added some depth to the flavor profile.
Finished long on spice and some heat (14% alcohol).
With a descriptor like "rustic" being tossed about, I've not been very good at nailing that one down, but the word does seem to apply to this rather rough-edged and austere red wine.
Varietals were 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15%Merlot.
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