Bottled by: Chianti Trambusti S.R.I. – Firenze Italy
Purchased: 11-6-2014 Corvallis, OR (during wine sale) SRP $14.99
Firenze, Italy (also known as Florence) is in the heart of the Tuscany wine region. I’m a fan of what is being commonly called the “Super Tuscan” wine (a non-standard Italian blend, leaning towards the modern “rich” wine style…including varietals that aren’t allowed in Chianti. I.E. Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah etc.) Many times, Super Tuscans have Sangiovese as a component to the blend. However, my personal favorites tend to be the Italian grapes done in the traditional Bordeaux blend style. In any case, I am a fan, and one of my favorite ST producers is Poggio Mandorli. So imagine my surprise when I clicked on the Chianti Trambusti website to research this wine, and saw that they also produced one of my favorite Super Tuscan brands. That sealed the deal for me and I bought the wine.
Until that point, I’d been hesitant to buy it because it is NV. To me, a non-vintage wine is more of a “Frankenstein’s Monster” of a wine. You never know what you are going to get. Sometimes it’s great and you find yourself a major bargain (often NV’s are lower in price compared to their single vintage counterparts) and other times you want to flee to the hills and/or destroy it by fire.
There are no notes online regarding this wine. The bottle has very little info as well:
Flavour: Persistent, Fruity, Vinous
Taste: Dry, Soft, Well Balanced
So now you have as much actual info as I, to this point. From here on out, it’s simply personal opinion and/or conjecture. And starting with conjecture, I’m about 98% sure this wine is at least 68-70% Sangiovese (maybe more); as to the rest of the blend, I don’t know. The taste makes it seem like there might be a bit of Merlot but the body weight doesn’t lend itself to that conclusion.
Color: Clear garnet with highlights of purple
Nose: Bright cherry, fig…a hint of plum and smoke.
Taste: We’d call this a 75/25 balance between a fruit forward Sangiovese blend and a “rustic” Sangiovese blend (the difference being that the rustic is drier, smokier and has grippier tannins while the fruit forward is just as it sounds). While the predominant taste is the cherry and fig that you get on the nose, as well as some underlying plum, the tannins in this one are nice and firm; black tea style. There is also a vague hint of smoke. It’s definitely not “cigar box” but it is faintly evident as the wine lingers on the tongue.
I know the SRP on this one is only $15 but it’s a mildly complex wine for that price, let alone the $5.99 Grocery Outlet price. If you are a fan of Sangiovese (or Chianti…although the body is slightly heavier than the Chianti I’ve tried) or a fruity but dry Italian red, this might be right up your alley.
I called the Corvallis GO before I wrote this, just to see if it was still available. I’m told that they have some on the shelves and 4 cases in the back. I’m glad too. I think I’ll be picking up another couple of bottles.