A little while back I mentioned that I had visited the Vizzini Farms Winery just outside of Birmingham, Alabama. If you dropped in more recently, you may have noted that I’m doing some exploration and sampling of Sangiovese offerings as a way of familiarizing myself with that varietal. It isn’t that I hadn’t had Sangiovese before. I just hadn’t focused on those experiences in a way that led to any lasting impressions regarding this venerable grape or the wine it can become. So it should come as no surprise that when I saw Vizzini Farms makes a Sangiovese, I snapped up a bottle to try.
Notes: The color of this American Sangiovese was a light ruby. On the nose I caught whiffs of spice, pepper, dark currant and black raspberry. The wine was very light-bodied with decent acidity which gave it almost an effervescent effect on the tongue. Tannins, on the other hand, were pretty much non-existent. On the palate I tasted sweet currant and black raspberry which all but disappeared in the mid-palate where I found this selection a bit weak. But then it rebounded for a fairly long finish with currant, pepper and a bitter medicinal note. It was an OK experience. Although I only tasted two of Vizzini Farms’ red offerings, it seems that I prefer their whites – such as the Viognier or Muscadine, for instance.