Happy Saturday! It's been unseasonably cold here today, with highs only in the 40s, so tonight I've decided to go a little heartier on the dinner, which of course means something bigger in wine. Tonight, given my dinner choice I've decided to open a bottle of 2007 Tenuta di Ceppaianao "Violetta" a Super Tuscan composed of Sangiovese (90%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) that I bough on the recent "Cheapskate Tuesday" event from Wines Till Sold Out.
The wine has a classic ruby hue of a nice Sangiovese. The nose presents aromas of cherry, anise, dried herbs and a hint of mint that brings you back to the nice Italian neighborhood restaurants back in New York. The taste is quite nice, with a blast of fruit up front, tart cherry, blackberry and blueberry that give way to some lovely earthy notes of dusty limestone and tobacco midpalate. The tannins are very fine and well integrated, which forms the backbone for the long, smooth and very dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a very nice drinking Tuscan blend and a terrific value at just $13! Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a little experimentation on my Italian cooking adventures, some squid ink tagliatelle tossed with some shrimp sauteed in garlic and olive oil and then simmered in some San Marzano tomatoes and finished with some fresh basil. Such a great combination of flavors that easily make you forget the chilly spring temps!