This is a Trader Joe's wine recommended by Jason's Wine Blog. Jason and I agree on most of the TJ Italian selections, including this one.
The color is a deep, dark ruby red. Aromas and flavors are sleek and sophisticated with notes of dark cherries, herbs and flowers. It's medium bodied, a nice dinner wine in the mode of an inexpensive Bordeaux. Flavors are persistent and fruit-oriented, ripe but with a firm structure from the grape peels. I don't detect any new oak influence. On the second night, it was just as good, maybe a little better, but this is not a wine for the cellar. It's drinking nicely right now.
I believe I paid $5.99 for this wine, an excellent value, although there are many good values--even the high production Citra--from the Montepulciano appellation.