Here’s a good reason to use that decanter you’ve been meaning to try.
From the bottle, at first pour, this wine had aromas containing hints of mint, sweet tomato and spice. It felt bigger on the palate, and the sweet fruit opened up a little, alongside a touch of cedar. Cedary tannin was more available in the finish, which was not long. Overall, the restrained fruit of my first glass was typical of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
But, when tasted after the bottle had been open for two hours, beautiful, full flavors emerged, with cherry, plum and cocoa. My recommendation is to decant or aerate this wine. It goes well with summer squash and pasta and other similar dishes this season. Highly Recommended. 92 points. BSE
WHERE: Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
WHAT: 100% Sangiovese
HOW MUCH: $30 (media sample)