Fine-tuned aromas of mint, licorice, herbs and berries hit, while oak comes on with airing. Racy and exuberant, with forceful acidity pushing stylish dark fruit and tannin. It’s hardcore Sangiovese, so it needs a couple of years to soften; to drink now consider pulling out the decanter.
A rich and full wine, with raisin, licorice and cassis on a semisweet nose. Plum and juicy berry define the palate. Finishes alive and fast, with ripe-edged fruit and some leathery tannins. Packed fairly full with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, in addition to Sangiovese. Made by Marchese Mazzei.
Mazzei, the family behind Fonterutoli in Chianti, is the maker of this 100% Sangiovese, which offers a strong, piercing nose of earth, leather, red fruit and oak. If given time in the glass, the muscular palate loosens its stern grip, unveiling a nice underlay of plum, berries and oak. Far better than pedestrian, this is a sturdy, well-made Tuscan red.
Fourteen months of oak aging add depth and dimension to a fruity, ripe wine with aromas of strawberry, spice, cinnamon and almond. It is vibrant and ruby colored with fresh flavors and a distinctive herbal note on the finish: a very sophisticated Morellino.