2012 Sangiovese

Consensus: Drinking at what we think is its prime.
Les Garagistes Sangiovese
    Elephant Mountain Vineyard
  • pH AT BOTTLING: 3.35
  • ALCOHOL: 14.5%
  • Last time I tried the Sangio it had too much oak influence, but that was a year ago and it has receded. It has actual varietal typicity! Blue fruit and orange zest, lots of acidity, still a bit too tangy on the palate. Maybe a little leathery nose, nice cherry on the front palate. A little hot at 14.4%
  • Amare! Deep, smoky, brooding nose, dried cherries and surprisingly Italian in its scent. Great depth in the fruit, but clear and focused. Really tastes varietal-typical — not always the case in stateside wines.