Category Archives: Sangiovese

2008 Brancaia Tre

An 80% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon blend I picked up after a tasting two weeks ago, tonight was the first time I got around to popping a bottle. What a score, shocking depth for the money. Ruby to purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black cherry, plum, currant, violets, anise, dried cranberry, loaded with mineral, so much depth with oak and earth. On the palate, dry, medium body, medium+ intensity, medium tannins, balanced and layered, this wine will stop you in your tracks, cherries, currants, leather, spices, this wine goes deep! Buy it Now!

2005 Di Mayo Norante Ramitello

I picked up a case of this on close out, and am hoping for a diamond in the rough, 85% Prugnolo and 15% Aglianico. Dark ruby color. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, black olive, blackberry, cherry, leather, chalky, soil, sour plum, licorice, subtle oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, nicely balanced foxy red fruit and spice driven red, with lots of leather and mineral on the finish. Should I keep this all, or send out the email?

2008 Des Voigne Cellars San Remo Sangiovese Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

These folks are really into jazz and I love them for it. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black plums, spice, black tea, bark, something dark and brooding, moderate oak, with no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, sexy and exotic, silky tannins, beautiful balance, and the exotic spice finish rocks. Not all that Sangiovese to me, but delicious.

Borgo Scopeto Borgonero IGT

Purple ruby color. Produced using 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah grapes. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plums and cherries, black tea, anise, leather, dried herbs, framed by chalky soil component, and wrapped in a new world style french oak package. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, nice structure and balance, nicely layered, with a solid finish. The fruit on this wine is just ripe enough to wear the oak layers. Great $20 wine that will continue to evolve from a while.

2005 Piaggia Carmignano Reserva

I’d never even heard of this region before today. Apparently, this small DOCG in Tuscany has to have Cabernet Sauvignon in it, and it’s the predecessor of the Super-Tuscan. Dark ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, plum, cherry, chalky earth, licorice, leather, chocolate, spice, some oak, with lots of mineral and earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity. medium- tannin, medium acidity, layered, velvety, and balanced, with lots of rich and opulent fruit, but minerally enough to keep me intrigued. Not cheap but this wine rocked.
   

2003 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino

Brilliant ruby color, with orange rim. On the nose, developing, medium+ intensity, sour cherry, leather, chalky soil, plum, salami, anise, smoke, earth present, with moderate oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannins, medium+ acidity, with very nice balance, a solid finish, and good complexity. I’ve always liked this producer, and this wine over-delivered classic Brunello flavors.    

2007 Ciacci Piccolomini Toscana IGT

Ruby color with some orange. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, smoke, meat, dried herbs, cherry, plum, chalky soil, leather, cardamom, clove, earth and oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, dark and gamey flavors, medium tannins, slightly sour cherry fruit, currant, plum, chalky and spicy finish, with dried sage and oregano. Good value wine from one of my favorite producers from Tuscany. This will be an upcoming feature on the wine emailer. Sign up!    

2007 Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

90% Pragnolo Gentile, 10% Colorini, Mammolo, Canaiolo anged in Allier and Slavonian oak 18-24 months. Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, meat and earth driven, witth blackberry, and black plum, loaded with spices, chalky mineral, some oak, this wine has depth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium+ tannin, medium+ acidity, leather, plum, bright berry component with slight sourness, seamless integration of fruit, earth, and spice. Big time wine, loaded with depth and character.