Full Review

Carlson Creek Vineyard

Carlson Creek Vineyard
2014 Sangiovese, Arizona

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Sangiovese

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: <1%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$28

Carlson Creek Vineyard
2014 Sangiovese, Arizona

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Sangiovese

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: <1%
Burnt sienna color. Earthy aromas and flavors of oven-dried tomatoes, barnyard wood and mud, pomegranate, and cajeta with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of herb marinated roasted root vegetables, smoked nuts, cedar, and sandalwood with soft, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. An exceptional rich, deep and remarkably Italian-like Sangiovese that brings to mind notions of old traditional Brunello and a hint of lambic-like Brett.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style:
Aroma Aroma: oven-dried tomatoes, barnyard wood and mud, pomegranate, and cajeta
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of herb marinated roasted root vegetables, smoked nuts, cedar, and sandalwood
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Ribs, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An exceptional rich, deep and remarkably Italian-like Sangiovese that brings to mind notions of old traditional Brunello and a hint of lambic-like Brett.

The Producer

Carlson Creek Vineyards

The Producer
115 Railview Ave
Willcox, AZ 85643
USA
1 520-766-3000

Sangiovese

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Sangiovese is Italy's most widely planted grape, found in several regions including Umbria, Abruzzo and Marche, but its spiritual home is Tuscany. Several famous wines made from Sangiovese are produced in Tuscany, including Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino.

A wine made from Sangiovese has appealing red cherry fruit, tart acidity and medium-weight tannins. There are few red wines more pleasant that a young Chianti with its delicious cherry fruit and earthy finish. While s simple Chianti is made for enjoyment from two to five years of age, a wine such as Brunello di Montalcino, 100% Sangiovese, is at the other end of the extreme, as it is a wine that often ages for two decades or more.

Sangiovese is also grown with some success in California as well as Australia. Pair wines made from Sangiovese with lighter red meats, duck, poultry and pastas with marinara or Bolognese sauce.