Casa Smith Cinghiale Sangiovese 2017
A noble color & classic nose. Not Roman, pure Tuscan. Red fruit, leather, suede, tar and structured focused. It’s a compelling one for the cellar or just right for today.
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The red-fruited 2017 Sangiovese Cinghiale wafts from the glass with seductive and savory tones of bright sour cherry, dusty raspberries tossed in dried herbs and a hint of scorched earth. The palate is just ripe yet strict, with focused tannins and lively acidity, while the mid-palate is firm and grippy with tart red fruits, standing firm with a dusty core on the long, winding finish. The wine is typical of its style and makes me crave truffle sausages. It's a food-friendly wine that belongs at the dinner table. This is a good value, and with only 960 cases produced, these will sell fast. Rating: 91+
The 2017 Sangiovese Cinghiale offers classic cherry and darker berry fruits as well as complex garrigue, cedar, and dried herb notes. Medium-bodied, elegant, and balanced, it’s another impeccably made wine under this label that has ample character.
Distinguished by a broad, south-exposed, uniform slope and landlocked by the Columbia River to its south and Saddle Mountains to its north, the Wahluke Slope AVA of Washington holds 15% of the total vine acreage of the state and takes its name from the Native American word for “watering place.”
Incidentally the Wahluke Slope AVA has one of the hottest and driest climates of the state so irrigation is not only essential, but also allows complete grower control of vine vigor. On top of its arid and warm environment, strong summer winds blow across this broad slope and ensure both smaller leaf size and grape clusters. The result is top quality wines with great concentration, phenolic ripeness, body and depth of flavor.
Vineyards cover the AVA from 425 to 1,480 feet along the slope. Its deep soils of wind-blown alluvium and sand with a depth, on average, of more than 5 feet along the continuous grade allow optimal drainage for the vines.
Merlots are rich in sweet, ripe cherry, red currant, raspberry and cocoa. Syrahs tend to express black and blue fruit along with savory notes. Wahluke Cabernets are rich in stewed red and black berries.
Among Italy's elite red grape varieties, Sangiovese has the perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Somm Secret—Sangiovese doubles under the alias, Nielluccio, on the French island of Corsica where it produces distinctly floral and refreshing reds and rosés.