(14.5% alcohol): Bright red. Ripe strawberry, violet, cinnamon and almond paste on the sexy, inviting nose. Then juicy and fresh on the palate, with ripe red fruit and spice flavors nicely supported by silky tannins and vibrant acidity. Finishes with a whiplash of red berries, cherry syrup and minerals. With its early accessibility and considerable uncomplicated appeal, this is hard to put down. I especially like the fact that it's unmistakably from Castelnuovo dell'Abate in its opulent red fruit and spice aromatic and flavor profile.
Score: 90 points -- Ian D'Agata, Vinous, July 2013