Early November found me jumping up and down.......my test bottle! On the Chance Creek Sangiovese.
appearance: bright ruby red
nose: wonderful, made me smile. reminders of tours of wineries in CA. blackberry, oak, floral, leather
he says: smells expensive. ;-) roses, leather, pepper
palate (6pm 70 degrees upon opening):
fruity and smooth! Has a nice bite upon swallowing. Certainly a lighter wine than our usual Cabs and Zins, more like a chianti (wiki'd later - doy....it's the same grape). tart blackberry, plum, strawberry. No tannins or oak on palate.
he says: dry, pepper, tart apples. light/watered down.
finish: medium length, tartness disappears quicky leaving a nice fruity/wine flavor. noticing some sediment in our glasses.
(7:20pm 60 degrees, with dinner: red pasta sauce w/turkey & beef)
nose: musk, more oak
he says: musk and fruity this time.
palate: I'm getting more spices this time. peppery, nutmeg, maybe a very slight hint of tannins, fruit is still there, but more in the background. still has that nice bite at the end.
he says: perfect temp this time. less tart, more body.
(8:30pm 67 degrees)
much more peppery now. very tart berry fruit. more tannins showing.
conclusion: I like it with pasta.
he says: more difficult to drink (because he's a Cab guy and this is more dry), but a nice change of pace.