On the nose this wine was very perplexing to me and lots of dark soil, leather, and rustic black pepper action dominate the aromas, with perhaps a touch of mixed berry fruits. I did notice that this wine did improve it's fruit level after being in my glass for around 30 minutes. The rustic wood scents and leathery soil would perhaps blow off a bit with the proper decanting.
On the palate this wine comes across very dry and rustic as well and displays flavors of blackberry, earth, leather, and perhaps a touch of cranberry. The finish almost has a touch of bitter almond and lots of rustic woody tones. In my notes I referred to this wine as "very Italiano"!!
I can see this wine pairing well with big hearty Italian cuisine and salty pork dishes. Perhaps some Italian sausage or prosciutto could be on order. 85 points