If you Google what wine goes with Shepherds pie the answer is Chianti. Seeing as today is St. Patrick’s day, that is exactly what’s going down. This particular bottle is pale to medium ruby in the glass with watery legs denoting a lower alcohol wine at 12.5% ABV. The nose is classic Sangiovese. Cherry, red raspberry, violets, a hint of leather and red licorice. No sign of any oak at this point. The palate is dry with racy acidity and medium (+) tannins. The flavors are shrouded in the tannic grip but I get cherry, mushroom, raspberry, red licorice and a touch of the leather component. Dried herbs and a floral note kick in on the medium length finish- which is very astringent btw. I feel like I am stuffing pouches of black tea bags between my gums. It needs a good aerating or decanting to soften this wine up a touch, it will pair nicely with my ground lamb based dish, cutting the fat nicely. The intensity of this wine’s fruit is the only detractor, the balance is a little off for me. I like it, don’t get me wrong, it’s just a little out of sorts. 89 points for this $15 effort makes it a 3 star wine to drink from 2024-2027. Salut….