$28, 4 stars, 91 points, chianti classico, Italy, sangiovese
Medium ruby colored with a bit of cloudiness in the glass. The nose of this Sangiovese is medium intensity with aromas of crushed rose petals, tomato stem, red cherry, dusty earth, dried leather, vanilla and baking spice. The palate is dry and tart with high acidity and medium tannins. Fruit-wise I get tart cherry, roses and that green tomato stem note followed by secondary flavors of earth, leather, vanilla and spice box. The wine runs 14% ABV giving it a medium (+) body. The finish is long and sour with the cherry component that lingers. I would pair this with a fatty cut of meat, think lamb or ribeye steaks. It needs something to offset the acidity and tame the tannins. It has good structure to cellar till 2030. 91 points from me for this $28 effort makes it a 4 star wine. Salut….