2009 Valle dell'Acate "Il Frappato" (WAS $19.99)

SKU #1063147

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Cool, floral aromas of red cherry, strawberry and menthol show an almost pungent quality. Smooth and fairly intensely flavored, with delicious red berry and herbal flavors given shape by bright acidity. Shows an almost pinot noir-like verve on the fresh, long, fine-grained finish. In recent years, this has been far and away the estate's best wine, and it's no different this year."

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