2001 Umberto Cesari Sangiovese di Romagna – Riserva

2001 Umberto Cesari Sangiovese di Romagna

Here’s the wine tasting for the Emilia-Romagna region. As mentioned previously, when you read and see Sangiovese, think Chianti (and vice versa), because they’re essentially the same thing. Terroir may play into it a tad, but the taste shouldn’t have that great of a variance.

Eyes:Although a quick swirl reveals that the wine holds the glass nicely, I’m curious about the translucence of the rim. The color reminds me of a burgandy red, rather than the inky violets I’ve seen in Chianti’s.

Nose: Dark, and peppery. The alcohol overwhelms any fruit smell that may or may not be present. I’m a bit hesitant about this wine.

Taste: Starts off nicely, but quickly becomes astringent upon the tongue. As I’ve tasted in other reds, the tannins here remind me of an oversteeped tea. Bleh. It finishes quickly, but leaves a peppery-tannin aftertaste.

Overall: I’m not impressed. I’ll cop to a bias in that I had my heart set on another wine, and that this Sangiovese makes me feel like I won the crappy, first-level stuffed animal at the carnival. The pity prize. I’ll give the wine the benefit of the doubt and give it a two on a 1-3 scale. (3 being I’d search it out, 2 is that I’m indifferent to it, one would be a “oh- god-I-need-to-avoid-putting-this-in-my-mouth-in-the-future). In short, I’m not impressed and probably won’t remember this wine a month from now.


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