La Carraia Sangiovese Umbria 2011
Sangiovese from Italy
Brilliant ruby-red in color, aromas of ripe blackberries and black fruits develop into notes of strawberries and currants with subtle hints of mocha, tobacco, and sweet spice. On the palate, it is full and rich with soft tannins and lively acidity.
Pair this wine with barbecued meat, tomato sauces, pizza, and spicy soppressata.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Clean, fresh red berry and mineral aromas on the bright, enticing nose. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with an almost crunchy quality to the red fruit and delicate mineral and herbal flavors. You can't ask for a better pizza and pasta wine than this bright, persistent number. Not quite complex enough to merit an outstanding score, but it's so remarkably juicy that I couldn't resist giving it 90 points."
La Carraia Winery
La Carraia was founded in 1976 by the Gialetti and Cotarella families. Riccardo Cotarella, respected throughout Italy and abroad as a leading authority in the production and marketing of Italian wines, is the winemaker at this estate. La Carraia began as a producer of bulk wines for top of the line estates such as Ruffino and Rocca delle Macie.
Today, the winery owns a total of 200 acres and is bottling its own wines in the heart of the Orvieto Classico, and a small amount of the excellent single vineyard Orvieto: Poggio Calvelli. The remaining property is planted to Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. La Carraia is the leading estate in the new emerging production of excellent red wines from the Orvieto zone. View all La Carraia Wines
About Other ItalianView a map of Other Italian wineries Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria
LombardyHome of the fashion capital of Milan, Lombardy is not quite Italy's capital of wine. It is, however, home to a few wines worth noting. Most vineyards are far north, far south or far east. First, in the south, the sparkling wine Franciacorta – this sparkling wine is made in the methode champagnoise and the better wineries produce wine that can hold it's own in a quality bubbly line up. Lugana, a pleasant, white wine made from Trebbiano, comes from Lombardy as well. Lean reds from the Nebbiolo grape are made further up in the Valtelliana region, near the Alps.
Emilia-RomagnaThe region of Emilia-Romagna is better known for its food rather than wine. Most of the wine coming from this region is the red, slightly-fizzy Lambrusco. It's high in acid and best drunk young. The white coming out of the region is mostly Albana di Romagna. Made from the albana grape, it's typically dry and pleasant, although not found often.
UmbriaTalk about being in the center of things… the land-locked region of Umbria is smack dab in the middle of the country. The most familiar white wine of the region is Orvieto, named for the medieval Etruscan town. It's a Trebbiano-based wine with good fruit flavors and high acid. Originally a sweet wine, most Orvietos are now dry. Red wine from Umbria includes Torgiano and Montefalco - Torgiano made from the grapes of Chianti, while Montefalco uses the native sagrantino grape, making big and bold reds.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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8 ratings, 6 with reviewsTwolabs - Paris, TX411/12/2014seanm - Fresno, CA45/27/2014
Great wine for the price- smooth and easy drinker with great body. Tastes better than others I have tried at twice the price.Tom Holcomb - Saint Louis, MO55/21/2014coffeemike - Anchorage, AK43/27/2014Simple, one word description, excellent! Refreshing sat well and complimented dinner42/13/2014
- Light & Crisp
Fresh medium bodied red with black cherry fruit and subtle spiciness. Agree it makes a great partner to pizza but would work well with a lot of different foods. Very reasonable price as well.ballz - Alexandria, VA42/1/2014Great wine at this price point. Would certainly buy again!CT Wineluvr - Stratford, CT41/28/2014Very smooth and rich, loved it.firelane50 - Skaneateles, NY21/21/2014
- Smooth & Supple
A decent deal, but was hoping for more.
- Light & Fruity
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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