This was the second week in a row that the Italian monkey stopped by my house, yelling “Di nuovo ciao. Un’altra bottiglia di vino per Lei.” I am really starting to appreciate my new Italian friend because it was another bottle of Italian red, a 2009 Condé Sangiovese di Romagna. Since it is a sangiovese wine and not from the Chianti region of Tuscany, it cannot be called a Chianti. But, the same grape, so the tasting profile should be the same.
I left it in my basement for a few days so I knew it would be cooler than room temp. Upon PnP, the color was a light cranberry with good clarity. The first sniff reveals a little cherry, something floral and perhaps a little oak. There is also a smell that I call funky, which is prevalent in a lot of Italian wines, and others refer to as bramble. After a few swirls, time for the initial taste. Holding true to a sangio, there is some tart cherry and a little strawberry, with possibly a very little amount of vanilla on the finish. Between the smell and the vanilla, I think this wine spent some time, most likely just before bottling, in a barrel.
We ordered up a half cheese/half veggie pizza, waited an hour to pick up the pie and left the wine to open up. After an hour, not much had changed on the taste. The wine paired well with both halves of the pizza. I think, like most sangio’s, this wine is meant to be served with an Italian fare. If left to develop a little bottle aging, the tannins should soften. We drank a 2007 chianti last week and the tannins had softened and the fruit was deeper. But if you like a fresher wine, then drink it now. Salute!