Posts Tagged ‘Sangiovese’

2012 Pedroncelli Winery ‘Alto Vineyards’ Sangiovese, Dry Creek Valley

When planning a meal — almost any meal — this could be your go-to wine. It offers notes of menthol/eucalyptus, cherry, earth, vanilla and paprika., and its grip in the finish suggests another two years of bottle aging could be in order. A solid… Read more


2008 Tenuta di Arceno ‘Strada al Sasso’ Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy

If you’re a fan of charred meats, this is the wine to pour alongside them. Translucent ruby in color, lightening at the edge, it offers initial impressions of menthol, concentrated black cherry, sweet wood spice and hints of earthiness and shoe… Read more


2010 Gabbiano ‘Bellezza’ Chianti Classico DOCG

Traditionalists may balk at this translucent dark ruby-hued wine, made entirely from Sangiovese grapes, because it is nothing like the sour, sometimes funky, overly acidic Chianti Classico bottlings of old. Rather, to coin a phrase, it has been New… Read more


2010 Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

You can tell that this wine was aged for nearly a year and a half in French oak barrels, given its initial aromas of cedar, menthol, polished leather and cigar box. As it opens up, dried red cherry and then darker, fleshier cherry reveal themselves,… Read more


2011 Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG

This isn’t your Pappy’s Chianti, and that’s a good thing. Medium bodied (as opposed to the lighter profile of old), this wine is made in a distinctly New World style, with less acid and riper fruit. Translucent light ruby in color, the 2011… Read more


2005 Fattoria Le Pupille, Tuscany, Italy

Opaque dark crimson color. Oodles of smoke, earth, and nuts, which gives way to show dark chocolate, cherry liqueur, citrus, and anise. The tannins at the end are chewy. Cellar for a few more years. Retail Wine Price: $50 Wine Lines rating:… Read more


2010 Field Stone Sangiovese, Lucio’s Block, Alexander Valley

Translucent dark garnet color. The pleasant nose delivers fresh, sharp, briary raspberry preserves, along with green-edged peppercorn notes. The mouth shows juicy, tart berry fruit with drying tannins at the end. This is a wine that demands food… Read more


2011 Campi di Fonterenza ‘Pettirosso,’ Montalcino, Italy

100 percent carbonically macerated Sangiovese, from an up-and-coming estate founded by two sisters. Funky mushrooms and wet dirt in the nose, with a lingering spice note. Despite that dark, brooding opening, the wine is delicate, with notes of… Read more


2009 Poggiotondo Chianti Cerro del Masso DOCG, Tuscany, Italy

Primarily Sangiovese, with dollops of Merlot, Syrah and Colorino. Translucent red plum color. A sharp nose of crushed dark berries and tar gives way to more rounded berry fruit with cherries in the mouth. Clean, with a solid acid underpinning, it… Read more


2005 Isole e Olena Cepparello, Tuscany, Italy

At first subdued, slightly underwhelming and relatively young in its common synthesis of greenish cherry fruit, menthol notes and mouth-coating chocolate sauciness. After 30 minutes, though, something entirely different appears: A voluptuous, wild… Read more