It’s getting close to Christmas so Moxie ordered Mama Carlino’s Lasagna for our first family dinner with my folks. I needed something with some acidity, grippy tannins and a sour cherry note to go with the pasta. This one is a scant 6 years young and is a light shade of ruby in the glass with watery legs even though it sports a 14% ABV. The nose is typical for Sangiovese- red cherry, leather, cranberry, tobacco, oak, tar, red licorice and something red I cannot quite put a finger on. The palate is truly what I wanted- tart red cherry, great acidity, medium (+) tannins that caress and loads of intermingled red fruit. The oak nuances are present and the wine is starting to develop tertiary notes. Light to medium bodied it is complex and has a refreshing mouthfeel that finishes long. I like this wine, it offers good fruit flavors, structure to age gracefully and is reasonably priced for a Brunello at $40. Getting 90 points from me it is a 4 star effort to drink till 2030 with pasta dishes. Salut….