2005 Fattoria Selvapiana Sangiovese, Italy

Fattoria Selvapiana Sangiovese: It’s really a wonderful thing when you stay away from a particular varietal for a while and when you do try one you find a fabulous wine that hits all the notes and impresses beyond your expectations. I got a little spoiled with a Sangiovese last year that I can no longer get so rather than be disappointed I have just not bought any for a while now and that included Chianti. I have tasted this wine before and always been satisfied; I can’t say past vintages have impressed me as much as this one has. The wine is a Leonardo Locassio selection and his reputation for bringing great Italian wines to the USA is equal to Kermit Lynch’s ability to find great French wines.

The blend is 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo and the aromas started with bright cranberry, cherry notes a hint of five-spice powder and earthiness like you smell right before it rains. The medium-body stretches to almost full-bodied and the strength of the balance in its flavor brings home the bacon making this Chianti an excellent wine for almost anytime. The texture in the mouth is dense and concentrated. The flavor profile is Italian cherry, leather, cedar and caramel apple, which dances on the tongue and the walls of your mouth. The finish is just long enough to let the wine cleanse your palate and get you ready for your next bite so you can repeat the process. I served this with a dish that I recreated after a wonderful meal I had in Healdsburg at Bistro Ralph (Great job Mr. Tingle). The dish was a duck confit ravioli served with white wine butter sauce with fresh oregano and a hint of citrus. It paired beautifully. You will be hard pressed to find a Chianti that will compete with this one. Drink now. ~Marc Hinton

Rating: 91 | $20 | 13.5% ABV

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About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

One Comment

  1. Carol April 1, 2011 at 10:29 PM - Reply

    I have old memories of tasting my first chianti from that little ‘ol squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket. Oh fiasco, how you’ve come a long way! Cheers to Fattoria, cheers to Italy and may we all have a good glass of Sangiovese to celebrate the day.

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