2009 La Carraia Sangiovese

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90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "La Carraia’s 2009 Sangiovese is a big, deep red laced with dark fruit, French oak, and spices, all of which flow in an extroverted multidimensional expression of Sangiovese. The finish is long, harmonious and juicy. This isn’t for the timid, but readers who enjoy a full-throttle style of Sangiovese will find much to admire. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013." (08/10) According to Wine Spectator: "Open-knit, showing lively notes of spicy plum and cherry. This medium-bodied red lingers with hints of olives and licorice. Drink now." (04/11) And from Wine Enthusiast: "This bright Sangiovese from Umbria offers a rich, earthy expression of the variety with a bright bouquet of cherry and red rose backed by a crisp mouthfeel and a touch of fruity sweetness." (04/11)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/6/2011 | Send Email
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I think this is the perfect crossover wine, if you’ve been drinking California wine and thought it was time for you to explore Italy this is your wine! The La Carraia is full of bold Sangiovese fruit that is characterized by luscious, ripe cherry aromas in the nose and on the palate this wine doesn’t miss a beat. This Sangiovese is smooth and supple yet with an elegant balance that produces a remarkable finish. While bold and forward the wine has some delicate intrigue showing spice, herb and earth giving the wine a bit of complexity but it still relies on its’ rich fruit character to knock you over. Drinkable now over the next few years this is a perfect start to the autumn drinking season….goes great with Pasta and Football!
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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.