Category Archives: Sangiovese

Sangiovese from Le Marche

We recently had a bottle of Sangiovese, lovingly bought from a farmer in Le Marche in Italy and exported in a suitcase to the USA. It had travelled a bit in the US before settling down happily in North Carolina two years later. Sadly during that time it had refermented just a little bit, giving… Read More »

Villa Icona Sangiovese

We had a Villa Icona Sangiovese 2005 from Laithwaites with dinner, from La Marche rather than Tuscany. It’s a region better known for Verdicchio, but I’d heard good things about the reds recently. It was a medium purple-red and smelled of sharp bitter cherries. Very dry it had green chunky tannins which felt almost chewy.… Read More »

‘1489’ Toscana IGT

With autumn well and truly here I made an industrial lasagne at the weekend with plenty of vegetables and wine stewed in. I chose a ‘1489’ Toscana IGT 2006 from Baroncini to go with it. It’s called 1489 because that’s when they claim the family started making wine. It came from the area around San… Read More »

Dogajolo Carpineto Super-Tuscan

A recent game of Odin’s Ravens was accompanied by a bottle of Dogajolo Carpineto 2005, a young ‘Super-Tuscan’ blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Odin’s Ravens has some very pretty artwork on the cards, and Dogajolo Carpineto has an attractive autumnal label. Yes, that is what drew me to it, I am that shallow. It’s… Read More »

Melini Chianti

Italy take on the USA tomorrow and so I’ll settle down with a nice glass of Chianti. I cycled through Tuscany last year, where I really developed a taste for the stuff. Melini have been making Chianti for 300 years, and they do it pretty well. They also do it at supermarket friendly pricing. You… Read More »