La Carraia Sangiovese

Name: La Carraia Sangiovese
Type: Red
Grape: Sangiovese
Year: 2003
Origin: Italy
Producer: La Carraia S.R.L.
Price: $10.74

This is another one from the bargain bin at the gourmet wine store in Lincoln, NH. The fellow tending the store said it was a good Sangiovese. It’s deep red with a purplish tint and smells of tropical fruit. The flavor begins dry and smooth before showing some fruit and a tartness that lingers into the medium finish. It is a pleasant Sangiovese, the guy was right about that.

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Citra Sangiovese

Name: Citra Sangiovese
Type: Red
Grape: Sangiovese
Origin: Italy
Year: 2003
Producer: Citra Vini S.C.p.A.
Price: $4.99

The nose is ok, a little dark fruit and pepper. The flavor is not ok. It’s mild at first but as it matures on the palate it bursts into spice and acidity, followed quickly by some heavy-handed tannins and a subtle flavor that seems to indicate that the wine is about to go bad. Like a bit of corkiness or something. There’s a lot going on in the flavor, but it’s a clumsy tasting wine overall.

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Noble Roman Sangiovese

Name: Noble Roman
Type: Red
Grape: Sangiovese
Origin: Italy
Year: 2004
Producer: Castel San Pietro-Italia
Price: $9.99

Nice nose, smells like spice and a ripe MacIntosh apple. The kind you’d shine up and give to your teacher. Tastes a little thin on the front but that’s followed by a fair bit of spice and some soft tannins. All this leads up to quite a lengthy finish. This is another winner from The Wine Society in Nashua, NH, which I consider the finest wine store around. Not a big selection but you can’t walk out of there with a bad bottle of wine.

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