2014 Quintarelli Alzero Cabernet
A claret sort of blend, with 20% merlot meshed to even parts cab and cab franc, dried in the traditional fashion for nigh on two months. A wine of latent power, the tannic mettle serving to compress prune, alpine amaro scents, licorice root and camphor. Palate-staining. While this may metastasize into something more poised and savory as time has its way, the finish is currently a bit drying and throaty.