Wine Tasting - New Releases of Sangiovese Blends from Tuscany|
August 2nd 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Sangiovese Blends from Tuscany, for inclusion on our list. Sanguis Jovis, the Latin origin for the varietal name, literally means "blood of Jove" and it is likely that Sangiovese (a.k.a. Sangioveto or San Gioveto) was known by Etruscan winemakers, although the first literary reference to it was in 1722. It is probably indigenous to Tuscany, whose most famous wine is Chianti. The fruit is slow to mature and late-ripening. With relatively thin skins, it has a tendency to rot in dampness and does not mature well if planted above an elevation of 1,500 feet. Sangiovese vineyards with limestone soil seem to produce wines with more forceful aromas. The hot, dry climate, such as Tuscany provides, is where sangiovese thrives. Because these climatic criteria generally enhance quantity, rather than quality, it takes careful cultivation and winemaking techniques to produce really excellent wine from this grape. Sangiovese is the #1 varietal in Italy with 247,000 acres, 10% of the entire wine grape crop. The flavor profile of Sangiovese is fruity, with moderate to high natural acidity and generally a medium-body ranging from firm and elegant to assertive and robust and a finish that can tend towards bitterness. The aroma is generally not as assertive and easily identifiable as Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, but can have a strawberry, blueberry, faintly floral or hearbal, violet or plummy character. The Sangiovese grape is Tuscanys' most prominent grape, however, many different clonal varieties exist, as many towns have their own local version of Sangiovese. Cabernet Sauvignon has been planted in Tuscany for over 250 years, but has only recently become associated with the region due to the rise of the Super Tuscans. Other international varieties found in Tuscany include Cabernet franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc and Syrah. Of the many local red grape varieties Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia nera and Mammolo are the most widely planted. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Bruni, Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese 2012
Sangnineto, "Rosso Toscano" 2008
Ruffino, "IL Ducale", 60%Sangiovese/20% Merlot & 20% Syrah 2010
Brancain, "Tre", Rosso Toscano 2010
Rocca di Frassinelo, "Ornello" 2012
Reservations required; please call the front desk at (802) 253-5742 or (800) 826-7000.
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