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.
This Sangiovese was second up at the virtual wine tasting. At 7 years of age it is already showing signs of maturity with bricking on the meniscus it is semi opaque with a lovely shade of purple and long legs in the glass. The nose blew me away. I was astounded that such a young wine could already show nuances of leather, earth, cordial cherry, cinnamon and spice box. The palate was a slight disappointment after smelling this beauty- the flavors were not quite as powerful but we still got Luxardo cherries, Angostura bitters, leather, tobacco and spice. Grippy tannins reminded us that this wine is technically still young but they are offset by some juicy acidity. Yummy stuff overall that scored a monster 19 on my system. Had there been a touch more body and concentration of fruit it would have hit the magical 20. Overall it gets 92 points from me and at $45- 5 stars. I would buy again and drink till 2028. Salut….
I am looking forward to this Sangiovese, which will pair with grilled Lamb chops, Prosciutto wrapped asparagus and boiled carrots. It shows a deep red yet see-through hue in the glass which can be expected of the varietal. On the nose I get loads of cherry, strawberry and red licorice. The palate is stupendous- rich red fruit compote, leather, great acidity and very fine grained tannins. The cherry component is very red, the strawberry giving way to pomegranate and cranberry. Oak use is very deft and the juiciness of the acidity is on pointe. The mid palate adds a spicy component and some tar. The tannins are starting to grip as well. On the long finish I still get red cherry and that tartness from currants and cranberries. This is quite a rich, layered wine with much complexity. I am really enjoying it and the thought of charred Lamb with the cut of this wine- it’s going to be amazing. Whilst a touch young, if you like them a little dry and fresh then drink now. Cellaring for a few years will reward and I will imagine this wine can last till 2030 at the least. 92 points from me and 5 stars for this $40 stunner. Salut….
Semi opaque dark red in the glass. On the nose I get cherries, dried herbs, almond and rhubarb. The initial palate shows off sour cherry, more nuts and red currants. Juicy acidity hits me right off the bat. There’s a nice core of tannins that are present but not obtrusive. Red fruits dominate the mid palate and the finish – which is medium length. I like the cut of this wine and think it will drink nicely till 2028. 91 points and 4 stars for this relatively young Sangiovese that goes for $50. Pasta would be a great pairing. Salut….
Pale red, absolutely see through. Strawberries, cherry twizlers and earthy minerality on the nose. The palate is very racy- the theme continues with red fruits, some sour cranberry to boot and nice fine grained tannins. There’s a juicy acidity that gives the wine a nice cutting edge. Right now the mid palate ramps up the concentration of fruit flavors, really red and smooth. The acidity is on pointe giving me a nice mouthfeel. The finish is medium in length with a delightful combo of cranberry, rhubarb, cherry, oak and crunchy tannins. Delicious, if not a touch young. Drink till 2028. 92 points. It’s a 5 star effort at $35, worthy of cellaring a few bottles. Salut….
Very rich purple in the glass and semi opaque. The nose gives off cherry, baking spices, bakers yeast and red currants. On the palate it is very drinkable, smooth and fruity. Raspberries, red currants and those spices hit the palate. As the wine rolls over the mid palate I get a sour rhubarb note that gives the wine some zing. Very fine grained tannins appear on the finish to leave a rather pleasant mouthfeel. This light to medium bodied wine calls for white pasta dishes, roast chicken or Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus. It gets 90 points from me and I would drink till 2024. For $20, it’s a good deal on Super Tuscan juice. 4 stars. Salut….
I have really started to enjoy Sangiovese lately and seek out different variants. This Chianti weighs in at 13.5% alcohol and is medium purple with little opacity. Kinda what I expect from this varietal as well as Pinot. On the nose it is fresh with strawberries, cedar plank, a green capsicum component and garigue. The palate is refreshing with red fruits, crunchy tannins and a touch of wood. The strawberry I initially sensed gives way to red cherry and currants. There’s a rhubarb component on the mid palate that marries well with the acidity and tannins. The finish is lightweight but decent in length and continues the red fruit theme very nicely. The tannins slowly fade after leaving my gums rather dry. It’s a young wine which is drinking nicely and will cellar for another 10 years minimum. Drink till 2029 with eggplant parmigiana, beef stew or slow cooked chicken cacciatore. 90 points from me make this $17 wine a 4 star effort. Salut….
Semi opaque yet intriguingly purple in the glass. On the nose I’m getting sour cherry kirsch, strawberries and rooibos tea. On the palate it is light, tart and tasty- just what I was expecting. The opening notes are much the same…. cherry juice, strawberry coulis and rhubarb. There are some gripping tannins that hit the mid palate and that sour cherry must be the source of the bracing acidity. These factors, combined with the young fruit are going to bode well for a patient lover of Sangiovese. It will evolve nicely I think. 91 points and 5 stars for this $12 wine. Drink till 2028. Salut….
Another one in the value range I am working through from Costco. It retailed for $14. In the glass it is very see-through, pale and fresh looking. Strawberry, hay and some pomegranate hit me on the nose, typical for young Sangiovese. The wine is rather light on the initial palate, strawberry and some cherry juice are the predominant flavors. The mid palate is very juicy, the acidity being prominent but curtailed by some nice tannins that appear toward the finish. Basic flavors, easy to drink and priced right. I would pair it with pizza, pasta and maybe roast chicken on the charcoal. 88 points from me and 4 stars. Drink now till 2020. Salut….