Il Cerchio Valmarina Sangiovese 2012

$38.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

This is a youthful, bright, aromatic and primary wine that is already delicious. Expect vibrant, punchy, red floral, dark cherry, plum and bitter chocolate notes and an easy, succulent texture until the pippy tannins kick in to clean up the finish. In spite of the evident ripeness, there is a racy, lineal structure, almost as if the grapes were grown at high altitude. Aging only in tank helps, as well as does the inclusion of the Alicante. Quite unlike the heavier, firmer style of Sangiovese-based wines from north/central Tuscany, this is immediately enticing and gluggable although it asks for food. Really delivers for the money in terms of absolute drinking pleasure and interest.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Sangiovese Alicante
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Maremma
Brand Il Cerchio
Vintage 2012

Wines of Tuscany

Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, is one of the most iconic Italian regions for wine, scenery, and history. Located in central Italy along the west coast, its production of Sangiovese wines is world renowned. Some of Italy’s most famous subregions for Sangiovese such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano can be found here.

Tuscany makes both simple and top tier, age worthy Sangiovese wines. At entry-level you have a wine that is pizza and pasta friendly with bright and juicy red fruit. On the other hand, the highest quality representations of Sangiovese are remarkably complex with flavours ranging from sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs and leather to fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco.

In evidence of the quality produced, Tuscany produces the third highest volume of DOC and DOCG quality wines in Italy, only trailing Piedmont, and Veneto. DOC and DOCG wines are the highest designation for Italian wines, while you will often see the IGT classification used to represent wines from Toscana that do not reach the standards for DOC/G.

There is another unofficial class of Tuscan wines called Super Tuscans which also command high prices. These wines are often made from international wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese.

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