A deep garnet red colour witnesses the long barrel ageing. The first impression on the nose is of fresh black cherry aromas, leading into notes of maraschino cherry and plum. Immense depth and complexity on the palate: dried fruit, oolong tea, liquorice, spice, red-berry fruits, and a long velvety vanilla note on the finish. However, the key to this wine has got to be the sweetness level. It is genuinely dry, unlike many modern-style competitors. Described by Italians as a 'vino da meditazione', this is the perfect companion for late night ponderings in an easy chair, either on one's own or with a very quiet friend. In terms of food matching, the fact that the Bertani style is drier than many modern show-winning competitors means that it is very food friendly and will pair anything from ham to steak.