Pale to medium ruby colored with thick, droopy legs. The nose has aromas of steeped cherry, rose, baking spice, white raspberry, coconut, cherry cola and vanilla bean. The palate is dry with high acidity and medium tannins. Medium (+) bodied I get delicious flavors of cherry, vanilla, coconut, raspberry and spice. It finishes long with a tart cherry note and some lingering, integrated tannins. This is a delicious and mature Sangiovese from the heart of Tuscany. It will cellar well into 2028 and pair beautifully with pasta (duh!) and perhaps a ribeye with Roquefort sauce. It is very pinpoint btw. 93 points from me for this $28 effort makes it a 5 star wine. Salut….
Pale ruby colored, this Sangiovese has lovely aromas of red cherry, tar, rose petals, orange peel, leather, green herbs (dill) and sandalwood. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium (+) tannins. Medium to full bodied- I get flavors of tart red cherry, leather, rose petal and that dill component. A slight charred oak note follows on at the mid palate and the finish is short. A serviceable Chianti that lacks a real oomph, it gets 89 points from me and for $22 it is a 3 star effort to drink till 2027. Salut….
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….
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….
Medium ruby colored this Sangiovese has pretty thick legs running down the glass that would concur with the 14% ABV. The nose gives me coconut, red cherry, rose, cedar and coffee. The palate is a dry and tart affair with fine grained tannins that are medium intensity and well integrated. The high acidity really takes center stage on the initial attack. Flavors of red cherry, coconut, rose, rhubarb and cranberry fill my mouth with a red fruit cocktail laced with tart, almost underripe cherry at the core. It’s an interesting wine that feels a bit out of balance yet I keep wanting to take another sip. The finish is medium length and really jaw watering. The tannins are fighting the acidity. This wine will pair beautifully with a pasta of sautéed veggies and olives in thin spaghetti. I would even put it up against Osso Bucco or Veal parmigiana. I’m going 91 points, slightly lower than the pros but at $28 it is a respectable 4 star wine to drink till 2030. Salut….
The third wine at tasting #19 was this 100% Sangiovese. Medium purple, it was more opaque than I was expecting from this varietal. The tasters got aromas of raspberry, flowers, iodine, chocolate, black cherry and a medicinal note (Oak influence?). On the palate it was very smooth with grippy tannins and medium plus acidity. Flavors of black cherry, coffee, iodine, licorice and black tea were accompanied by that medicinal note which someone stated was akin to cherry cough syrup. It is a tasty, bold wine with lots of aging capacity. It will drink well now if you like them tannic, or mellow out in a cellar and be more approachable in 2025 till 2030. 91 points from me for this $33 effort makes it a 4 star wine. Salut….
This week’s tasting assignment for school is a wine from Italy or Spain. I’ll end up doing both but here is the Tuscan one that I paid $20 for. It gets 91 points from me and is a brooding baby. This one needs a good aeration or several years in the cellar. 5 stars. Salut….
- Appearance- Medium garnet with thin legs.
- Nose- Medium (+) intensity with aromas of red cherry, red plum, cranberry, coffee, earth. Developing.
- Palate- dry, medium (+) acidity, high tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) flavor intensity of red cherry, cranberry, tobacco, earth and coffee with medium (+) finish.
- Conclusion- very good quality wine that can be drunk now, but has potential for aging.
Delicious but young Sangiovese, paired with dry-aged T-bone steak and baked potatoes.
For thew 4th Virtual Tasting event I wanted a Sangiovese to go alongside the Pinot Noir I was planning to showcase. I find the two varietals very similar in many traits, so the the challenge was to find a decent, ready to drink Chianti that hopefully would show off the core characteristics of the grape. This one turned out to be too young, subdued and not very forthcoming with fruit albeit with strong structure. It scored well with the pros but came in a very disappointing last place overall amongst our group. The wine showed well in the glass, more opaque than I had expected but the nose was very hard to coax any cherry flavors out of. Moxie noted salt on her initial sniff. It did not open up much on the palate but did have a tannic backbone masking the fruit. Acidity was medium but not overpowering. I remember thinking this wine had a good dose of oak, charcoal and tobacco. I did not write up any further notes but remember the finish was not very satisfying or long. It’s a shame as the big boys averaged 92 points. I feel it might need a re-tasting in the future once it has mellowed out. I will reserve judgement for now. I paid $23 which would have technically made it a 5 star wine. Salut….
Quite dark and opaque for a Sangiovese. On the nose it’s quite purply ( is that even a word?). Plum pie, black currants and a dose of chocolate cake. On the palate it is quite fresh, young in presence and fruit forward. Cherry essence is the first on a list of palate notes- rhubarb comes in second. There are some strawberry hints as well as kirsch- but no dark fruits. Very strange, I was expecting more black notes and ended up with red. The mid palate has some heat and the comings of some young tannins. The dryness hits the base of my teeth. Nice. On the back end it’s all red fruits and some acidic charm to counter the tannic pinch. Overall a decent wine that will drink nicely to 2024. 90 points and 3 stars for this $40 wine. Salut….
After a cork failure, I had to sift through the debris to find a light purple wine that is nearly see-through. The nose has pencil lead, plums, sour cherries. The palate is somewhat lighter than I imagined, cherry being the prime player here. There is a certain amount of garigue I sense in addition to mushroom and leather. The acidity is slightly overpowering the mild tannins, but I don’t mind. It has a nice cut to it. The astringency hits on the finish, where the tannic dryness grips the gums. I would say the fruit has really taken a back seat here. Drink till 2021 with pasta, pizza or charcuterie. 88 points and 3 stars from me for this $15 wine. Salut….