This is the last of the Sangiovese varietal wines available at my local Whole Foods. As I was told by others (I think it was winegetter), the variations in the different bottlings are interesting. I’m happy to say that despite my focus on budget-friendly wines, I haven’t had any 100% Sangiovese that I’d label as plonk. That may be the result of the smart people buying for the local retailers, of course. At any rate, I now find myself faced with the need to wander farther afield to find more for my sampling purposes. Oh, boy! Field trip!!
Notes: This Sangiovese was an extremely dark burgundy in color. On the nose I detected scents of wet earth, tangy berry, with notes of mocha and chocolate. It was medium-bodied with high acidity and medium tannins. Alcohol was at 13%. On the palate I caught flavors of oak (initially quite present, but settling with oxidation), plenty of blackberry, pepper, some dusty soil, and pomegranate on the finish. It certainly had enough structure – tannins and acidity – to stand up to foods and just enough in the flavor profile to make it sufficiently interesting on it’s own. Amazing? Well, no. But it’s a good bargain purchase.