(2020) Clearly the most memorable thing about this Umbrian blend of Sangiovese with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is the packaging: the 'Frugal Bottle' is a radical new paper bottle - actually a paper bottle with a food-grade plastic liner inside. It splits into the two components - paper and plastic - with the press of a thumb, for easy home recyling and is said to have 1/6th the carbon footprint of glass. And the stuff inside? It's a lightly-oaked red, with an appealing and juicy nose that combines bright red cherry and blackcurrant, a subtle vanilla and spice softness in the background. In the mouth that upfront, savoury but ripe fruit character is deliciously drinkable, a wine with a tight tannin and acid framework that leaves it quite pert and juicy again, on the quaffable side of straightforward gluggability, but savoury and spicy in the finish. Watch the video for more information.
(2001) A super-Umbrian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese that has earned 91 points from Robert Parker, and a top rating from Gambero Rosso. It has a vividly dark colour and appealing, sweet, dark berry fruit and smoky earth nose. A background of creamy vanilla comes from four months in barriques. The palate is full and rich, with dark plum and chocolate flavours, but also a really keen edge of bittersweet cherry fruit that adds a crisp, lively sheen. Very savoury and chewy, with some tannins and again that creamy oak fleshing out the finish.
(2000) This has a lovely nuttiness with a distinct almondy sweetness to plenty of peach kernel and apricot fruit. More of the same on the palate with a warm and spicy undertone and round, generous acidity that is very harmonious. Delicious and very good.
(1999) Very, very sweet, jammy fruit on the nose. A touch over-ripe? Mulberries and damsons with a dank edge. That same sweetness of fruit on the palate with vanilla and spice from new oak and quite firm tannins giving it backbone.