Sangiovese

Dec 082013
 
2012 William Chris Vineyards Sangiovese, Texas Hill Country, $42  (S) – Rating 89

Texas wines have come a long way with William and Chris often leading the pack. Sangiovese does very well in the Lone Star State and this is an excellent example. An intriguing nose of smoke, cherry and chocolate is the prelude to a fruit driven wine with soft tannins and juicy food-pairing acidity. On the palate, flavors of cherry, strawberry, raspberry and campfire smoke complimented by notes of espresso on the finish. Buy This Wine

Apr 162013
 
2009 Castello di Amorosa Napa Valley Sangiovese, Napa Valley, CA, $30 (S) – Rating 89

The rustic nose of cherry, leather and briar brings back thoughts of the amazing Castello di Amorosa itself. A blend of 90% estate Sangiovese and 10% Merlot. Medium-bodied with plenty of juicy acidity and firm tannins. Flavors of red cherry, dark spice and raspberry with hints of chocolate on the finish. Be patient…It takes a while for this Sangio to fully open. Buy This Wine

Mar 202013
 
2010 Giordano Sangiovese i.g.t “Toscana Collection”  Tuscany, Italy, $12.50 (S) – Rating 90

Think summer afternoon with friends around the the BBQ and pool…this is the right wine. A nose of smokey cherry with undertones of spice and leather. Clean bright flavors of cherry and plum with a bit of raspberry with hints of espresso in the long finish. Medium bodied with moderate acidity and balanced tannins make for an excellent summer red. Buy This Wine

Dec 262012
 
2009 Chatom Vineyards “Gitano” Sangiovese, Calaveras County, CA, $16 (S) – Rating 89

Once again a delicious example of CA Sangiovese. A big nose of black cherry, ripe plum and raspberry with intriguing notes of tobacco and spice. Give this wine at least 30 minutes in the decanter for it full potential. Plenty of food pairing acidity and supple tannins with bright flavors of cherry, plum and dark spices. The wine was an excellent pairing with homemade tamales. Buy This Wine

Apr 262012
 
2009 Desert Wind Vineyard Sangiovese, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, WA, $18 (S) – Rating 89

An impressive American Sangiovese from Desert Wind Winery. Blended with a 5% stew of Cabernet, Merlot and Barbera, the bright nose offers strawberry, spice and cherry.  Flavors of ripe dark cherry, strawberry and little spice enhanced by soft tannins, make this a very easy drinking departure from the ordinary red wine.