Tag: Sangiovese

Amantis Sangiovese Riserva 2007 DOC, Tuscany, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

Wonderful nose of blueberries, black cherries, black currants, earth, chocolates, licorice, wood, light vanilla, tobacco, coffee, light vinaigrette, leather and wet leaves.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cooked cherries, chocolates, earth, wood, spices, black pepper, leather, light vinaigrette, wet leaves, herbs and licorice.

Long finish with fine grained tannins.

This 13 year old is drinking very nicely now. This is a delicious Sangiovese from Tuscany. Drinks like a nicely aged Brunello.

Nicely balanced with great complexity and a great nose. Loved smelling on it for a while. Soft, rich and interesting.

At its peak now, but will drink nicely in the next few years. Needs 2.5 hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle, too. (So much better once it opens up, so be patient). Started declining after 4 hours.

This is a great surprise. Thank you Elvira for sharing this with me.

I paired it with cheeses, light appetizers and pizza.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

Lapis Luna Wines Red Blend 2017 North Coast, California



Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black cherries, chocolates, coffee, smoke, spices, light wood and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, cherries, plums, light wood, licorice, vanilla, tobacco, light vegetables and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice everyday red blend from California. Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Easy drinking, spicy and tangy.

Good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch. Way too easy to drink, so watch out.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Sangiovese and 10% Barbera.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$15.

Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico 2006 DOCG, Italy

Ruby in color with a wide brick/ orange rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, ripen strawberries, light wood, vinaigrette, dark coffee, earth, forest floor, spices, black pepper and tobacco leaf. Nice nose.

Medium-bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, currants, barnyard, vegetables, dark chocolates, diet cola, earth, leather, tobacco leaf, spices, wood, light cloves, herbs and peppercorn.

Nice tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 14 year old Chianti Classico is still drinking very nicely. Nicely balanced with a nice soft mouthfeel.

A good food wine and even good by itself. Need is an hour of airtime to open up.

Paired very nicely with the double cream Brie cheese.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

Ruffino Modus Toscana 2005 IGT, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.

On the nose black currants, blueberries, light wood, earth, forest floor, tobacco, vegetables, Mediterranean spices, wet leaves, coffee, black pepper, over ripen cherries, vinaigrette and leather.

Full-bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry on the palate with stewed blackberries, ripped black currants, licorice, earth, wood, light vanilla, Mediterranean spices, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates and wet leaves.

Long tangy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. This is a very tasty Italian Super Tuscan. Tastes very much like a 20 year old Cabernet based Bordeaux blend from California.

Over the hill by now, but very interesting with great complexity and a yummy mouthfeel. Spicy with lots of earth notes and vegetables.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Thank you Wendy for sharing.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$20 (current vintage).

Terra di Seta Assai Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2012 DOCG, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, cherries, light oak, light vanilla, spices, licorice, tobacco, herbs, earth, light vinaigrette, eucalyptus and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, coffee, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, peppercorn, light vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco, black olives, earth and light vinaigrette.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 8 year old Sangiovese is drinking very nicely now. Way better than I expected. Not my usual drinker, but I really enjoyed it. Has a great nose that I can smell on for hours. Soft and warm, elegant and smooth.

Showing a great mouthfeel with nice complexity. A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Needed 90 minutes to bring out the complexity and the structure, but good right out of the bottle, too.

Tasty and good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and olives. Delicious and interesting.

Aged for 24 months in French Oak barrels. 100% Sangiovese grapes were grown at 1,500 feet of elevation. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50.

Grassi Wine Company Mezzo Mezzo 2013 Napa Valley, California

This week #MerlotThursday is a nice surprise. A unique Merlot blend from Napa Valley.

A pretty color of dark ruby with a nice reddish rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, plums, red currants, oak, smoke, vegetables, vanilla, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, licorice, graphite, bitter herbs and minerals.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, blueberries, wood, cloves, spices, vegetables, tobacco, peppercorn and espresso.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 6 year old Merlot/ Sangiovese blend is very tasty. Nice and engaging with nice acidity. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and rich.

A good food wine and good by itself as well. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Would benefit from another few years in the bottle.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Sangiovese.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.

Terralsole Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2010, Tuscany, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick rim. A Very pretty color.

Strong nose of blueberries, black cherries, wood, light vanilla, licorice, light alcohol, wet leaves, tobacco leaf, dark chocolates, dark coffee, light pencil lead and river rocks.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs. Soft and elegant.

Dry on the palate with black cherries, sweet strawberries, cooked blueberries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, vegetables, green herbs, tobacco leaf, earth and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Brunello. Well balanced and delicious by itself or with food. Showing a tangy and spicy finish, which I loved.

This 9 year old from the great 2010 vintage, is showing a great mouthfeel with great complexity. Peaking now.

Wine Enthusiasts 96 points.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show some tannins and complexity, so please be patient.

A good sipping wine. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$85.

Tank Garage Winery The Art of Surfing Red Blend 2017, California

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

On the nose, cherries, strawberries, light wood, earth, spices, herbs, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black cherries, plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, earth, vegetables, tobacco, graphite, spices and dark chocolates.

Medium length on the finish with fine tannins, chili powder and tangy cranberries.

This is a very interesting red wine from the Sierra Foothills in California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Red fruits on the nose and black fruits on the palate. Nice and engaging, tangy and spicy.

Needs time to open up properly. I decanted it for 45 minutes. Easy to drink, so watch out for the high alcohol.

Could use a few more years in the bottle to mature, and bring out more complexity.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 48% Tempranillo, 39% Sangiovese and 13% Barbera. Only 725 cases made.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$50.

Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2007, Tuscany, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

Strong nose of black plums, cherries, cloves, light vegetables, oak, light tar, dark chocolates, coffee, earth, leather, light vanilla, light vegetables, wood and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, vegetables, wood, light cloves and tar.

Medium on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Italian Brunello is drinking very nicely now.

Well balanced with a great mouthfeel and nice complexity. This 12 year old is peaking now.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the complexity. Do take your time with it, as it is well worth it.

A very nice wine to sip on, and share with friends and talk about. Good with food as well. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, and light appetizers.

Robert Parker 91 points. Wine Enthusiasts 92 points.

100% Sangiovese grapes, were aged for 24 months in Oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$85.

Marchesi Antinory Tignanello 2011, Tuscany, Italy

This iconic wine is always enjoyable at this age. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

Dry on the palate with black fruits, earth, chocolates, tobacco, spices, mocha, coke, vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

This 8 year old is drinking very nicely now and will age nicely in the next decade.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

A great wine to have with good friends. Thank you David for sharing.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Delicious.

Robert Parker 93 points.

A blend of 80% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$120.