2010 Fanti Sant'Antimo Sassomagno (Elsewhere $15)

SKU #1157115 90 points James Suckling

 This shows a solid core of ripe fruit such as strawberries and blueberries that follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Give it a year or two to come together better in the bottle.  (11/2012)

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Price: $8.99
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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2014 | Send Email
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OK, maybe you think 4* for a $9 wine is too much, but I ranked it this high because it is such an extraordinary deal! First off, 2010 in Montalcino is a truly sensational vintage and yes, this wine comes from Montalcino but because of its grape blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon it can't take one of the "Montalcino" DOCs. It does, however, have incredible aromatics--bold dark fruit flavors that tantalize your palate as its supple yet very structured core opens across your palate. This spectacular red wine really shows excellent balance and a depth of flavors that is amazing at this price. OK, how can they do that? Because this wine isn't normally at this price; it was the last of the vintage in the California warehouse of a New York importer who decided it would be better if they could move on to the next vintage and move this wine all at once. We swooped in at the opportunity and took all that was left. You should hurry because this wine won't last long!
Drink from 2014 to 2018

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2014 | Send Email
From the town of Sant'Antimo ( known for its famous Abbey, a Benedictine monastery situated in the province of Siena). This is old world wine; dark fruit, leather, baking spices and coffee beans suggest that this wine will offer its pleasure over the next few years.

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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.


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Super Tuscan