Wine of the Day January 29, 2015

2012TreMontiPetrignone2010 Tre Monti “Petrignone” Sangiovese Riserva, Sangiovese di Romagna D.O.C. Superiore Riserva, italy.
True Monti’s beautiful and rich Petrignone is pre and dark Sangiovese from Italy’s Romagna region, grown on sandy clay and gravelly soils, similar to the Medoc, and it gives the wines depth, full maturity and old world charm. This wine a Sangiovese Riserva has won many awards in Europe and has gained a following here as well along with good critical reviews, I have tasted a few vintage’s now and can highly recommend these Tre Monti offerings, especially to customers looking for well made wines at great prices, and also to wine bars and bistros that are looking for superb wines for cuisine and or interesting and pleasing wines for by the glass. The Petrignone is a serious effort with deep garnet and ruby color, a nose that shows black fruits, spice and wood notes leading to a lush and full bodied palate of plum, black cherry, raspberry and currant fruits with cedar, sweet tobacco, licorice, mixed herbs, mineral and vanilla. This wine, while clearly Sangiovese and terroir driven, reminds me of a fine Rioja, it has that mouth feel, class and style, this is impressive and wonderfully textured wine, the finish is lingering with a mix of dark fruits, earthy notes and strawberry tart. The acidity and smooth/creamy tannins give vigor and structure, but never intrude on the pleasurable experience, the 6 months in used Bordeaux like Allier barrels really add polish and grace to this enjoyable Sangiovese di Romagna, drink from 2015 to 2021.
($25 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive