This Sangiovese from Majestic reminds me of those wines, although it doesn’t taste the same, it’s like their older, more sophisticated brother. There’s plenty of juicy cherry, but it has a balancing spice, and more rounded tannins. This is a good alternative to Chianti, offering much of Chianti’s inherent goodness, but without an appellation to charge for. I don’t think it will be long before the reds of San Gimignano have their own appellation and price tag, so enjoy this now before the price goes up. That said, remember to enjoy it when Majestic are running one of their Italian wine offers as it can usually be snaffled up for under a tenner.
I love San Gimignano. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I cycled through on my way to Rome and one of my abiding memories of that trip is sitting in the square in my cycling kit, tired and sweaty, drinking a glass of San Gimignano Vernaccia. In neighbouring towns I’d drunk delicious, fresh as a cherry Sangiovese, served in tumblers, straight out of the barrel. It made me absurdly happy, and drunk.