February: Tuscan Sangiovese
This month we’re doing a deep dive on Sangiovese, one of the wine world’s most renowned, but also misunderstood grapes.
Sangiovese is a complex beast in many ways, with a variety of expressions that can make it hard to understand. The wine through which most people encounter it is Chianti Classico, which can range from delicate and delightful, to dark and intense. Part of the problem here is that Sangiovese is very terroir-sensitive and can present differently depending on where it is grown. Another part of the problem is that the Italians have been somewhat too lax in their laws, allowing too high a percentage of international varieties in the cepage, producing wines that have a richness that is unusual to the natural asperity of Sangiovese. Try four different Tuscan sangiovese expressions with us this month!
2018 Castagnoli Chianti Classico (Chianti Classico DOCG)
2018 Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva (Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG)
2018 Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG)
2020 Ficomontanino Bulgarelli Toscana Rosso (Toscano Rosso IGT)