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Thursday, 26 May 2011

Umami Alpine Valley Sangiovese 2008

Apparently Sangiovese is a highly adaptable grape, capable of changing radically, morphologically even, in terms of leaf shape, berry size etc.

Max Allen in his "The Future Makers" states that early Sangiovese was thin and boring, and that clonal selection was of high yielding Californian varietal.

This however, from eddiewinemaker, is a damn fine example.  Exotically perfumed aroma.  Smooth on entry, the fruit presents itself but it is the savoury quality that dominates. 

Good fine tannic grip, pushing through to an immensely satisfying finish.  It has complexity, like there's this battle raging between polished, refined qualities and some rustico elements.  It's balanced, it works, I enjoyed.

Source: Retail, Spiros Paddington
Price: $45
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap


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