Balitore Sangiovese - Easy autumn drinking
Expressive, light sour-cherry nose with peppery hints. Immediately recognisable as Sangiovese. Light cherry palate but with plenty of length and lined with powdery tannins. Tangy, chewy finish. WALTER SPELLER, jancisrobinson.com
Pair it with your favorite pizza or a piadine, one of the regional street food flatbreads. MONICA LARNER, wineadvocate.com
With cooler evenings settling in, it’s handy to have a reach for red. A textured wine with enough fruit richness and savoury tannin that satiates your palate alongside a bowl of pasta. This Italian sangiovese is your answer.
It’s a charming red that’s easy on your pocket. Sangiovese from Emilia Romagna, just next door to Tuscany has been sullied by a few producers whose wines are a touch thin and lack oomph from overyielding. Not so this one.
Made by Claudio Fiore, Vittorio Fiore’s son of the famed Tuscan estate Poggio Scalette, located next to one of our favourite Chianti producers, Querciabella. Vittorio is also a leading consulting enologist for pedigreed estates throughout Tuscany. His involvement from the beginning was to show how great sangiovese can be outside its mother region. This humble wine proves his point.
Claudio and his wife Elenci have been working these vines in the hills of Romagna since 1999 and are now organically certified. Surrounded by forest, the vineyard is a natural amphitheatre – with prized 40-year-old vines in the mix. Labour intensive vineyard work reduces the need for chemical sprays, you can taste the clarity of the fruit – a delicious mix of fruit, earth and spice.
Its soothing style doesn’t demand too much of your attention. Bright red fruits are tempered with savoury tones of leather and tobacco. Signing off with fine chewy tannins, reminding you of its Italian birthplace. It’s the wine you’d have in your glass sitting at an outside table on the fringe of a piazza in Trastevere. While that isn’t happening anytime soon, the next best thing at the moment – cook up some pasta, put on the Soprano’s and pour yourself a glass.
You’ll want to buy this in a dozen bundle for $25 a bottle – 25% discount. It will be a delicious house red. There’s also special 6 pack price for $169 ($28.16 each).