2010 Masseria del Fauno Sangiovese

Puglia IGT, Italy; 12.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA store on 18 June

2010_MasseriaDelFauno_SangioveseFor the first half hour this wine was in the decanter, I seriously considered giving it a Thumbs Down.  It had a major pruny stewed fruit component I couldn’t stand.  However, that component declined to a tolerable level, and the wine continued to develop nicely for the next hour as fresher fruits emerged of red / purple table grapes and cherries, with a little purple plum.  The body is on the lighter side of medium without being especially aromatic or complex, giving me a feeling of absence in the wine.  The wine made it up to Drinkable, but I would still prefer more for the price at the GO.  If you get this, don’t wait to drink it.


3 thoughts on “2010 Masseria del Fauno Sangiovese

  1. Seedboy

    From this description I’d actually think that this wine needs some time. First I generally believe this about Italian reds. Second, it developed with air. In Italy I’ve seen older reds than this decanted, then poured into another decanter, and then served an hour later. They need air, and food.

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Seedboy. I agree this developed with air, but it did not seem tough, tannic, and reserved like some of the northern Italian wines we’ve seen here. (Puglia is the “heel to ankle” of the Italian “boot.”) If you find a bottle of this, please let us know what you think. It wouldn’t surprise me if it’s still at the Richmond store, as wines don’t seem to move as fast there as in the Berkeley store.

  2. weinish

    i felt the same way. i didn’t even review it because i was disappointed. i was hoping it reached the level of 2009 Santa Cristina Sangiovese, which is a really good wine if you get it on a discount at a Safeway. So I hoped I’d catch lightning in a bottle with this, but it was meh.

    Not a repeat buy.


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