Well another weekend has slipped by me and I didn't get nearly as much done as I had wanted to! But I guess that's life in many ways, no matter how much we toil there's always more to do, and that's why God made wine! So we can enjoy a rest from all the toil of life and take a moment and breathe a little easier. Tonight I am breathing easier with a bottle of wine I picked up on my last trip to Walla Walla, the 2010 Plumb Cellars Walla Walla Valley Sangiovese. I know normally I love the Cabernets and Bordeaux blends from Walla Walla, but I have to admit I tasted a lot of very nice Sangiovese while I was there last summer!
The wine itself is a beautiful ruby color in the glass, with great clarity as you might see on a classic Chianti. The nose is wonderfully Sangiovese, with ripe black fruit notes of cherry, ripe berries and plum overlaid with leather, dried spice and some forest floor. The taste is very nice, with good fruit up front, a blast of black cherry and cassis that transitions effortlessly to some wonderful spice, dark chocolate and dusty limestone notes midpalate. The finish is long and dry, but very smooth as the tannins do the heavy lifting, but don't get all up in your face about it. A wine you can just sip and enjoy on an early autumn afternoon like today!
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's such a nice example of the varietal and a super value as I think I paid under $20 for this bottle! Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a vegetable pizza, my own creation of red and purple peppers, portabello mushroom and zucchini topped with mozzarella, asiago, parmesan and provalone, yum! An American version of an Italian wine with an American version of Italian cuisine, how appropriate! Cin cin!