Next, we taste the Rosso Outsider 2005 (IGT), a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has the aroma of a well-made Cabernet: the fruit aromas are tempered by black tea and leather. It is a full-bodied wine, tannic, but the tannins are well-balanced and ripe. Also detectable are the aromas of vanilla and toast.
Next comes the Sagrantino Collepiano 2005 (DOCG). Now we are getting to my favorite part: wines made fully from Sagrantino. This particular wine is made from grapes grown in selected vineyards, so it is considered higher quality than the regular Caprai Sagrantino. It has the forest floor and forest fruit smells typical of the grape, but also the aromas on new oak, not surprising since it spends 22 months in barrique.
As we leave, our only regret is that we were not able to try the Pinot Nero. Maybe next time….