2010 Amantis "Goghi" Rosso Toscana (Previously $20)

SKU #1109528

Located in Montenero, in Southern Tuscany where Montalcino converges with neighboring communes, Amantis' emphasis is on the production of delicious, quality Sangiovese and Sangiovese-based wines that balance typicity and the charm of Tuscan tradition with modern sheen. Praise from Wine Advocate's Antonio Gallioni: "...a new winery located in Montecucco owned by consulting oenologist Paolo Vaggagini. Super high-density vineyards and tiny yields per plant form the cornerstones of the approach here. If these wines are any indication, Amantis has a very bright future." (08/09)

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/8/2012  | Send Email
This wine is really, really good. The label is... well... let's just say this is an instance where the old adige "it's all about what's in the bottle" is a very important thing to keep in mind. I'd love to hear the back story of it's inception; my guess is either someone lost a bet or it has something to do with a hallucinogenic drug trip. Anyway, the wine itself is incredibly pretty. Gobs of sweet cherry, sweet tobacco, spice, sweet herbs and a hint of menthol, it's full and voluptious but also has a nice vervy feel that keeps it from being heavy and dull. Lovely length and well stuctured tannins, this would be awesome with some mid wieght chicken, pork or pasta dishes, or really, even on it's own. It will certainly open up with some air, so I recommend decanting it. Also, that way, no one sees the bottle. CM

 By: Reid and Chelene Martin |  Review Date: 9/19/2012 
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Beautiful weeknight wine. Love the high tone red fruit.
Drink from 2012 to 2014

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- 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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany