Friday, November 7, 2008

2004 Sonnino Chianti Montespertoli

Purchased this bottle a few months ago on sale from Grail Wine Selections for $12 (normally $20 on their web site). Combination of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 5% Trebbiano and Malvasia.

This wine had a light cranberry color, with a nose of cherries, bacon fat and blackberries. In the mouth I got juicy concord grapes and a heavy gamy component. Tannins don't appear until late, but they do kick in and provide a lasting impression.

Erin Martin at Grail Wine Selections sent me some background on the vineyard:
"Another cool thing about the Sonnino is the fact that is it from Montespertoli, which is a TINY little DOC zone in Chianti – their smallest, in fact – about 20km SW of Florence. Castello Sonnino owns about 30% of the land in Montespertoli, so it is incredibly rare to see a wine from there imported into the US. Very unique and special. Plus, the owner is a baron – very cool."


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