$25, 5 stars, 92 points, chianti classico, Italy, sangiovese
Medium garnet colored, this 6 year old Sangiovese is showing a bit of age already. The nose has aromas of warm cherry, leather, rose, cinnamon, pomegranate, cranberry and fresh cut pine. The palate is dry with high acidity and mouth coating tannins. It is a young wine in texture, but the fruit is already mingling with tertiary flavors. Red fruit (tart) with leather, rose, cigar box and that fresh wood note. The acidity and tannins are very powerful and opposing in this medium (+) bodied wine. The finish is a short, sour affair with the tannins really coating my gums. I like this rather youthful wine and think it will develop and soften with time. If you want something zippy for a pasta dinner or grilled steaks, this is open for business. Drink till 2030. 92 points for this $25 wine makes it a solid 5 star effort. Salut….