Toscana IGT, Italy; 13% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 8 Sept
I’ve previously been dismissive of wines which take a traditional varietal, such as Tempranillo in Spain, and just added some Merlot. But for this nice price and age, I thought I’d try a Tuscan “Sangiovese with a small amount of Merlot.” And I like it!
I thought it needed about an hour in a decanter to start relaxing, and it kept developing nicely for the two hours after that. At first, it showed mostly typical Sangiovese tart and riper tangy red cherries, hints of orange and leather, maybe roses. But as it aired, the Sangiovese became more darker cherry / plum, which merged nicely into the blackberry / blackcurrant of the Merlot, finishing with nice bitter almond / wood / maybe juniper berry. It’s not the most amazing or substantial wine, but it’s pretty good for the price if you like the tangy acid and relative structure of Italian wines. According to the Ricasoli web site, this wine is considered fresh and ripe-fruity among their line-up. 🙂
On the second night, the second half, stoppered on initial opening in a 375ml bottle with very little air, still needed a bit of time in the glass to open up, and was nearly as good as the first half.
Update 9 Nov: I opened another bottle of this tonight, and it is too old. I wouldn’t recommend the wine anymore.