This is a smokin' deal from Baracchi, the fantastic Tuscan producer we first brought into the store two years ago. Baracchi makes wines that are just plain delicious and this wine definitely fits that bill. Even better, the distributor is making room for the new vintage and was motivated to move this wine. This wine is easily one of the best deals in the store right now and we are thrilled to offer it at a huge discount. Ardito is one of Baracchi's upscale bottlings and it really shows in this wine's complexity.
This is a stunning blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah. It comes together beautifully and tastes like a hypothetical marriage of California Cabernet and Syrah from the Northern Rhone. Like any great marriage, the sum is greater than the parts. The Ardito combines the generous fruit and structure Cabernet is known for with the meaty savoriness one often finds in Syrah.
Deep ruby with purple highlights and staining of the tears. On the nose, violet florals are followed by notes of currants, blackberries, vanilla, earth and meat. On the palate, the wine is dry and full-bodied with moderate, ripe tannins. The flavors speak of the grapes themselves showcasing crème de cassis, black cherry, blackberry and anise from the Cabernet and that special meaty savoriness and slight spice that Syrah can bring. This wine is bold, delicious and ready to drink. It begs for a nice steak, but also drinks so very well on its own.