Category Archives: Sangiovese et al

2012 La Vendetta Toscana Sangiovese IGT

A Sangiovese with a riper, fuller fruit profile that some might even refer to as somewhat New World. Includes 8% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Imported by Fourth Wave Wine. Cherries, charcoal, darker berry fruits, dried herbs and raspy tannin. … Continue reading

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2012 Kirrihill Clare Valley Grenache Sangiovese Tempranillo

The most fruit forward and approachable of the new Kirrihill “Alternative Range” wines. Good weeknight pizza fare if a little too steeply priced. Some fleshiness on the palate. Red and black berries and cherries, drinking chocolate (texture and flavour), crushed … Continue reading

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2012 Pizzini King Valley Sangiovese

A blend of 93% Sangiovese and 7% Canaiolo. The Canaiolo is generally thought to soften the wine and fill it out. Not that different to the inclusion of Colorino in Chianti in some respects. The 2012 season in the King … Continue reading

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2012 Greenstone Rosso di Colbo Sangiovese

Rosso Di Colbo references the Italian practice of reclassifying certain non-Riserva level wines as Rosso di Montalcino. Colbo is shorthand for Colbinabbin, where the Greenstone vineyard is situated. This is a cracker of an option for current drinking while you … Continue reading

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2011 Pizzini Sangiovese Shiraz

A wine that I firmly believe should be available more widely at a retail level. For many who are beginning their journey into wine, straight varietal Sangiovese can seem too savoury and too structured. The addition of Shiraz here softens and … Continue reading

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2010 Kangarilla Road Terzetto

Another cracking red blend, this time hailing from McLaren Vale. It’s 45% Sangiovese, 35% Primitivo, 20% Nebbiolo and 100% Awesom-o. Regional, intelligent, interesting and highly drinkable. First time Kangarilla Road have made it, hopefully it won’t be the last. Juicy and generous … Continue reading

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2006 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

Italy, Chianti 14.0% Cork $50-60 Source: Retail Apologies for the break in transmission. I’ve been indulging in some 40th birthday celebrations. Not mine mind you, that’s still to come. My brother’s actually. Both of us have a passion (or pathological … Continue reading

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2007 Stella Bella Sangiovese Cabernet

Margaret River 14.0% Screwcap $30 Source: Sample I’m informed that Stuart Pym has been making the wines at Stella Bella for the last couple of years and that Janice McDonald will still be part of the process, as she has … Continue reading

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2007 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico DOCG

Chianti, Italy 13.5% Cork $36.99 Source: Retail I have Mondo Imports to thank for bringing this little beauty to our shores. I’ll give you some tech specs in case you share my wine geek interest in such things. It’s 90% Sangiovese … Continue reading

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2005 Castagna Un Segreto

Beechworth 13.5% Diam $85 Source- Retail Sometimes, opening a bottle of wine is daunting.  If it is a wine that you have always valued highly, have great expectations of, but have never tasted you sometimes wonder whether or not it can … Continue reading

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