We picked up this bottle of Girone Dei Folli 2003 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Villa Bizzarri at the Winery in Old Town Alexandria as part of a mixed case. It clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume, had a real cork, and cost us $12.99 minus a 10% case discount.
On the nose I found what can only be described as a mist of Vick’s cherry cough syrup, bitter espresso (though I suppose “bitter espresso” is kind of an oxymoron), leather, and Eucalyptus. Overall, I found the nose to have a slightly medicinal quality. In the mouth flavors of tart cherries dominated, with hints of the same cherry Vick’s cough syrup, and a little bit of spice. The wine was very dark, and reminiscent of Negroamara, but with different qualities. It was more herbal and medicinal than the Negroamara, but that’s the closest thing I can compare it to.