Press Reviews

Santa Barbara Marche Rosso IGT Pathos

Pathos is a perfect intermingling of the elegance and intense aromatics of Cabernet Sauvignon, velvety balance of Merlot and the rich, spicy character of Syrah. These quintessential French grape varieties are perfectly at home in the rolling Marche territory as well, thanks to the temperate Mediterranean climate. Intense ruby red with penetrating aromas of berries (blackberry, raspberry), red fruits (cassis, ripe cherry) and a range of spices (red pepper, cacao, menthol), this wine is exceptionally smooth in the mouth, making it all the more enjoyable. In Greek, Pathos is “the appeal to emotion” and this wine does just that, with its sweet and inviting tannins, minerality and lingering persistence.

James Suckling on 2020 vintage

Ashy minerals on top of the crushed blueberries, blackberries and roasted spices, showing point-on ripeness. Medium to full body on the palate with precise tannins rounded by blue fruit and a composed, juicy finish. Long and intrinsically balanced. Nothing sweet here. Drink or hold.

Decanter on 2020 vintage

Silver Medal-Decanter World Wine Awards: Plummy notes, almost jammy. Good density on the palate of dark berry fruit. Good layers of fruit and smooth tannins.

Vinous Media on 2018 vintage

Blackberries and plums mingle under an air of crushed stone, violets and lavender as the 2018 Rosso Pathos evolves in the glass. This is velvety-smooth, creamy in feel, further accentuated by opulent red and black fruits, yet somehow savory and nicely lifted by cooling minerality. There’s not a hard edge in sight, as sweet herbal tones, tobacco and dark chocolate resonate throughout the long and lightly structured finale. The Pathos, a blend of near equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, is already hard to ignore, yet cellaring will help to integrate its oak and bring forward further depths.

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