Childress Sangiovese Gianni Vineyards 2010

You may remember that I posted not too long ago about my visit to Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina.  They have a full complement of selections to choose from, but I left with a bottle of their Sangiovese in hand.  I was a little surprised to learn from the Childress folks that the grapes for this wine were grown in a vineyard just a few miles from the winery itself.  North Carolina Sangiovese?  I seriously had to give it a try!

Winemaker:  Childress Vineyards
Wine:  Sangiovese Gianni Vineyards
Varietal:  Sangiovese
Vintage:  2010
Appellation:  North Carolina
Price: $16.99

Notes:  You know how some garnets as well as raw steaks have a red coloring with a brown overtone?  That was the color of this Childress.  The bouquet held scents of tart red berries, pepper, wood, and a touch of must.  It was light-bodied with a definite viscosity on the tongue.  Tannins were quite gentle, and acidity was quite high.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  On the tongue I found it very peppery with bright cherry and raspberry, a light oakiness, some jalapeno pepper and quinine on the close.  I enjoyed this selection.  The very present acidity – which brought those touches of jalapeno – reminded me more of a Garnacha than the typical Sangiovese.

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