Poggio Anima Belial (Sangiovese) 2011

Poggio Anima is a joint venture between Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie and his U.S. importer Vine Street Imports.  According to their website, they “wanted to capture the ‘soul’ of each vineyard and grape. No manipulation, no water, sugar, etc. Just the pure expression of the fruit and site.”  Sounds good to me.

Winemaker: Poggio Anima
Wine:  Belial
Varietal: Sangiovese
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: Toscana, Italy IGT
Price: $14.99

Notes:  This Tuscan was a rich, dark red with a bouquet of sous bois (damp forest floor), mushrooms, oak, a touch of pepper, and underlying fruit.  It had high acidity, medium tannins and alcohol at 13%.  The light-bodied Belial brought a fascinating group of flavors to my palate, including grapeseed, cranberry and sour cherry, quinine and white pepper.  This was – for me – one of the tartest wines I’ve had in awhile.  I would not call it bitter, but definitely tart.  As it turns out, though, I enjoy tart flavors.  So I found this Sangiovese to be quite fun to drink.

 

 

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