While I like to fashion myself an aficionado of many things: fashion, beauty, music, and oh yes, I can’t forget the biggie, wine (ranking in high on the list) but I am by no means Olivia Pope, yet! However, as a huge lover of wine, I take every opportunity to indulge in a good glass of vino and exploring the different brands and types, from the least expensive to the most expensive and everything in between; I do not discriminate. on my quest to expand my pallet and enhance my knowledge, I am learning that the spectrum of varietals is endless, more than one could imagine. Just last week for instance, as I sat in a quaint gourmet burger establishment going over the drink section of the menu to see what selection I was going to pair with my turkey burger, there was a wine listed that was unfamiliar. Not wanting to run the risk of sounding like an amateur , blowing my cover (after all I am the “aficionado”) I quietly asked the waitress what type of wine it was. She politely rattled off the hard to pronounce name of the mystery spirit, which left me even more confused. Taking notice of my confusion, the waitress gave a me, the aficionado a mini lesson on Sangiovese before asking if I would like to sample a taste. I couldn’t possibly offend her, so I graciously accepted. To my surprise the wine was quite pleasing to taste.
Sangiovese slightly resembles Merlot; however, the texture is finer and it is much more fermented than its distance cousin which takes away from the ability to taste the notes. The taste does however, vary by brand as I experienced with my personally purchased bottle, which differed from the brand I had at the restaurant.
FRUIT: Tart Cherry, Red Plum, Strawberry, Fig
OTHER: Roasted Pepper, Tomato, Leather, Clay, Brick, Tobacco, Smoke, Oregano, Thyme, Dried Roses, Potpourri
OAK: Yes. Usually light oak aging in neutral oak barrels.
AGEABILITY: Yes. 4-7 years (normal) & 10-18 years (Brunello di Montalcino)
COMMON SYNONYMS & REGIONAL NAMES:
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Prugnolo Gentile, Sangiovese Grosso, Brunello di Montalcino, Nielluccio, Rosso di Montepulciano, Morellino, Rosso di Montalcino, Montefalco Rosso, Chianti, Morellino di Scansano