is valued for its deep color, medium-full tannins and dark berry fruit flavors.
The variety can also show earthy notes of black olive, tobacco and leather. It
is mildly aromatic and can produce complex wines that show characteristics of
ground brown spices such as clove, cinnamon and allspice.
is at its best when blended with Malvasia Nera, Sangiovese, or Montepulciano
such as in the Salice Salentino DOC. Blending with these varieties can add
tannins, resulting in a wine with more structure and age worthiness.