2008 Fattoria Zerbina "Torre di Ceparano" Sangiovese di Romagana Superiore
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A sleeper of the vintage, the dense ruby-hued 2008 Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore Riserva 'Torre di Ceparano' offers gorgeous notes of new saddle leather, tobacco leaf, licorice, black cherries, plums and spice. Medium-bodied, savory and expansive on the palate, this beauty can be enjoyed over the next several years.
From one of my favorite producers of Sangiovese in Italy, this is from the "opposite" side of Italy from Tuscany, in the Romagna region about half way between Bologna and the coastal town of Rimini. Sangiovese from Romagna as a general rule tends to be softer and a little less aggressively tannic and acidic than its counterparts in, say, Chianti Classico or Montalcino. The fruit tends to be a little brighter and more high toned also (by no means better; it's akin to comparing a gorgeous blond to a gorgeous brunette, the operative word being gorgeous), but I digress. This wine has loads of lovely cherry fruit on the nose, with a slight herbal/menthol quality and fair dollop of oak. The mouthfeel is full, rich and velvety, with nice tannin and acid heft. Wonderfully delicious to pair with anything from rustic stews and meats to hearty pastas or aged cheeses. (Chris Miller, K&L Hollywood Italian Wine Specialist)