No, this isn’t about wine that was drunk in the movie, “Under the Tuscan Sun.” I’m talking about wine from grapes grown under the Tuscan sun. I mentioned previously that I am trying to learn more about the Sangiovese grape. To that end, I’m searching for reasonably-priced selections of wines that are 100% Sangiovese. In order to find those wines, it looks like I’m going to have to search beyond my usual wine-buying haunts. I have found a few, to be sure, but the majority of the Sangiovese options on the shelf are a Chianti blend which doesn’t serve my purpose of learning about Sangiovese alone. Chianti will be another vein of viniferous gold to explore, and I think I’ll be better prepared for that venture by my current endeavors. I hope so, anyway. I found this Pratesi at one of our local boutique wine shops. This was the only varietal Sangiovese they had. (Although they did have a Chianti they indicated was all Sangiovese. I may have to go back for that one.) Of course, there were plenty of other awesome wines. But I am on a quest of sorts. lol
Appellation: Toscana, Italy IGT
Price: $17.99 at Grateful Red Wines
Notes: This Sangiovese varietal wine was dark purple in color. On the nose I found plenty of pepper, raspberry, plum and some spice notes. It was light-bodied with decent acidity, slight tannins, and 13% alcohol. Flavors I encountered in this Tuscan offering were sweet raspberry, oak, a dash of pepper, and green herbs on the finish. I think this is a selection that might be a candidate for that glass of wine at the end of a long day. It’s fairly straightforward, with a light, pleasant flavor profile.
I recently ran across a small wine merchant located next to a bike store across from a major chain grocery store. I know that sounds sketchy, but it isn’t at all. I really liked the clever name – Grateful Red – so I decided to venture in to see what it was all about.
Well, they’re primarily about wine along with some beer, too. The offerings there are not the labels one finds in the typical wine and liquor stores in the area. That’s good! Of course, the prices are a bit higher than the usual bottle I blog about here on Oenophilogical. I mean the ones that can be considered “budget-friendly,” aka cheap. Even so, I like the variety of offerings Grateful Red has on the shelves. So I plan on grabbing some of their selections now and then for tasting and blogging.
One of the best things about the Grateful Red store, though, is that they do a wine & beer tasting every Saturday from 1 – 4 p.m. They open 3 wines and 2 beers for folks to sample. When I was in they had a Riesling from Germany, a Blush wine from South America, and a French red (as well as two artisanal beers) available for tasting. What a great discovery!