(Italy, Tuscany, Maremma, Maremma Toscana IGT)
I'm always on the hunt for affordable Tuscan wines, and since good ones are few and far between, I like to spread the news when I come across a solid bargain.
We have here a blend of sangiovese, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. It's from the 2009 vintage from a coastal region of Tuscany called Maremma.
This wine is a vibrant plum color in the glass. The aromas started off with sour cherry and an aroma that reminded me of copper. It opened up to show more red plum, dried rose petals and a bit of musk. The palate displayed fine-grained tannins along with fresh and vibrant fruit, that classic Super Tuscan dusty cherry and plum fruit. There's some vanilla and chocolate-covered cherry flavors as well. This is a very ripe wine, and there's a decent amount of oak here. Just a hint of pipe tobacco on the finish. It's a really creamy, fruity wine. So if you like fruity Super Tuscan wines and you like saving money, this is your wine.
88 points - IJB
I got this wine for $15 at Calvert Woodley in Washington, DC.