SRP of $33 and purchased for $22.99. Saturday Splurge. Imported by Winebow.
From the winery:
"Intense ruby red in color and extremely concentrated, Carmione offers a powerful bouquet of sweet wild berries, cedar, licorice and spices. This is a full-bodied, rich, well structured wine with jammy fruit, fine tannins and a persistent finish.
Powerful and complex, Carmione is excellent with grilled steak, game, ribs and aged cheeses.
The 2004 Pratesi Carmione begins with very pleasant aromas of dark fruit, lots of licorice, a little cedar and a hint of tobacco. Tasting the wine reveals a wonderfully dry texture with persistent dusty tannins and really delicious dark fruit. This is a full-bodied, serious wine and while it may be a 2004 vintage it still has a lot of years left. It ends with a long, dry and savory finish.
When tasting this wine I actually had to double check and see if there was any Sangiovese in this one, as I would have guessed that it made up a portion of the blend. Instead it's just a Bordeaux style blend, using the basic Bordeaux grapes. Evidence of terroir perhaps?
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.