Opens with a potent bouquet of deep cherry, earth and mint. This is chewy on the palate, with solid fruit flavors, cola and clove accents and more weight than many other Chiantis. The ample fruit carries the dusty tannins and chocolate well on the finish.
The nose is very fruity and ripe with intense notes of forest berry, cherry and blueberry that play a leading role next to spice and church incense. From an estate founded in 1994 by Nadia Betti and Renato Spanu near San Gimignano, Tuscany’s “City of Towers,” this is a simple, genuine red that would pair well with informal meals.
A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the 2003 Rovaio is surprisingly light and delicate considering the hot vintage that shaped it. Aromas include Amaretto, root beer, blueberries and blue flowers. The wine is lean and fresh in the mouth, with very good persistence.
You’ll get fresh aromas of honey, pear, citrus zest and herb but you’ll also get some muddled notes at the back that taint the purity of the fruit. The mouthfeel is clean and simple, suggesting a pairing with lightly tossed potato or pasta salad.