So we picked this wine up on our 2015 European wine buying extravaganza tour and it has been patiently waiting for us since then. It is from the Piemonte (pea-mawnt-eh) region of Italy - specifically in Barolo.
You immediately pick up a heavy oak smell on the nose which I quite enjoy. The taste is a bit tart at first but then finishes with some spicy pepper. The tart is a bit of a meh for me but I really enjoy the pepper flavor.
It's an incredibly smooth wine and I would say is priced right. I know you can get Vajra's wine here in the states but it might take some looking. Their wines tend to do well Wine Spectator as well.
I would pair this wine with pasta in a rosé or vodka sauce. The pepper taste would go well with that combination. The other thing I like about this wine is it doesn't feel like you are drinking maple syrup in the summer - goes nice with the heat. You should drink this wine during a marathon for sure.
Overall good wine but don't spend more than $28-30. $20-25 is the right price for the taste.