Another Inexpensive Sangiovese

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!!

Winemaker:  Il Bastardo
Varietal: Sangiovese
Vintage: 2012
Appellation:  Toscana IGT, Italy
Price: $7.99 at Whole Foods

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.

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