Ali Sangiovese 2013

Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!  In my continued search for and experiments with Sangiovese varietal wines, I managed to run across this one very recently at my local Whole Foods.  What a fun little surprise.  I say it’s a surprise because not more than a month ago, this selection wasn’t on their shelves.  How very nice of them to aid me in my research!  lol  This Italian red was made by Donna Laura SRL and imported into the U.S. by Banville & Jones.  It is named in honor of Alicia, daughter of Lia Tolaini-Banville.

Winemaker: Donna Laura SRL
Wine: Ali Sangiovese Toscana
Vintage: 2013
Appellation: Toscana, Italy IGT
Price: $10.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:  The color of this Tuscan was a dark burgundy.  In the bouquet I caught whiffs of berries and damp forest floor.  It was light-bodied with high acidity and medium tannins.  Alcohol was at 12.5%.  I found this Ali pleasant enough in the flavor department albeit gentle on the palate.  I tasted cherry drops, black pepper, tea, and a sage-like herbal note.  I think it would most certainly make a decent accompaniment to a variety of pasta dishes or perhaps light meat dishes.

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