Here’s the wine tasting for the Emilia-Romagna region. As mentioned previously, when you read and see Sangiovese, think Chianti (and vice versa), because they’re essentially the same thing. Terroir may play into it a tad, but the taste shouldn’t have that great of a variance.

Eyes: Although a quick swirl reveals that the wine holds the glass nicely, I’m curious about the translucence of the rim. The color reminds me of a burgundy red, rather than the inky violets I’ve seen in Chianti’s.

Nose: Dark, and peppery. The alcohol overwhelms any fruit smell that may or may not be present. I’m a bit hesitant about this wine.

Taste: Starts off nicely, but quickly becomes astringent upon the tongue. As I’ve tasted in other reds, the tannins here remind me of an oversteeped tea. Bleh. It finishes quickly, but leaves a peppery-tannin aftertaste.

Overall: I’m not impressed. I’ll cop to a bias in that I had my heart set on another wine, and that this Sangiovese makes me feel like I won the crappy, first-level stuffed animal at the carnival. The pity prize. I’ll give the wine the benefit of the doubt and give it a two on a 1-3 scale. (3 being I’d search it out, 2 is that I’m indifferent to it, one would be a “oh- god-I-need-to-avoid-putting-this-in-my-mouth-in-the-future). In short, I’m not impressed and probably won’t remember this wine a month from now.

2003 Fontana Candida Orvieto Classico

Ahh, back to the Orvieto’s. I recently picked this simple Italian wine up. It’s a rule I break every now and then, and they were having a sale on imported Italian wines.

Truth is there are many places in Seattle from which one should buy wine. I’ll have to remind myself of that next time I’m in my local grocery store.

Eyes: The color is that of a light d’anjou pear, golden with a very slight green tint. A quick twirl shows that it holds the side of the glass fairly well, and yet appears thin, suggesting a sweet, but watery wine. It’s rim is clear.

Nose: When placing the ol’ schnozz in the glass, it’s a very sharp, alcohol/peach scent.

Taste:A watery, bitter peach taste. It’s a quick taste, with very little finish.

Overall: Meh. Not great, not horrible. a 2 on a 1-3 scale. Totally indifferent to the wine.