This winery uses oak really well. Their reds are aged in a combination of Botte (Piedmontese-style mid-sized barrels) and Bordeaux-style small barriques.
The wine is dark and relatively low in acidity for an Italian red, perfect for winter braises or stews. You should take the plunge and try this example of a wine rarely seen in the U.S. It only sounds freaky: Lacrima di Morro d'Alba tastes great!