Wine Review – 2007 Vignabaldo Sangiovese, Umbria, Italy

Winery: VignabaldoVignabaldoFront

Bottling: 2007 Sangiovese Dell’Umbria

Importer: Siena Imports

Region: Italy

Sub-Region: Umbria

Estimated Retail Price: $10

Purchase Details: Purchased at Andronico’s market in the Sunset District neighborhood of San Francisco.

Tasting Notes: In the glass, the color was that of a red brick hue.  On the nose, light red fruit and herb aromas.  In the mouth, typical inexpensive, rustic sangiovese like character of cherries, strawberries, dried twigs and herb flavors.  Light bodied, with moderate tannins, lively acidity and a dry, but creamy finish.  A pleasant quaffer.

VignabaldoBackThis sangiovese is what you’d expect in this price range.  There’s a lot of crappy sangiovese in this price range that tend to taste too dry, insipid and watered down.  I’m glad this one held up and had some character.  Interestingly, as the wine began to open up, the fruit profile really started to turn into more dark fruits and the weight of the wine really started to fill in and become more full-bodied.  Cool stuff.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: As the back label states, this is perfect with pasta and sauces of both the red and white variety, various meats and of course, pizza.

Winery & Other Background Information: The wine is imported by Siena Imports of San Francisco, California.  They are a small importer specializing in grappas and wines from pretty much every major wine growing region in Italy.

Winery information is pretty limited, so good luck on finding out more about the producer.  If you happen to find more info, as usual, please let me know.

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