Thursday, January 26, 2012

Santa Cristina 2009 Antinori Sangiovese Toscana

This is a smooth wine that blends a young Sangiovese with 10% Merlot. The wine is ruby red and has entertainingly long legs.

The wine opens with a nice bouquet of cherries and berries. On the palate it is well balanced with a twinge of raspberries. Ace of Bass was visiting to help with the tasting and provided this colorful description of the finish. “There’s a little push then it zings away. It’s soft again at the finish and dissipates in a tangy way.”

It was at that point that we cut him off. (Just kidding!)

That’s a nice description of a value-packed wine. This bottle was picked up online for less than $10 and boasted a 90-plus rating.

This didn’t dazzle me the way other Sangiovese has – but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Santa Cristina fills the bill for a smooth and harmonious glass – but don’t expect a high-end evening in Tuscany.

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Rating: 3 of 5

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