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Cloak & Dagger

Cloak & Dagger
2014 Illuminatus Reserve, Sangiovese, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef

Category: Sangiovese

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$49

Cloak & Dagger
2014 Illuminatus Reserve, Sangiovese, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef

Category: Sangiovese

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
Dark deep purple color. Aromas of plum and chocolate chunk with a tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a snappy blackberry preserve, spearmint, ground sweet paprika, and Italian herbs finish with gritty tannins and moderate oak flavor.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: plum and chocolate chunk
Taste Flavor: blackberry preserve, spearmint, ground sweet paprika, and Italian herbs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Brisket, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Recommended

The Producer

Cloak & Dagger Wines

The Producer
PO Box 1477
Templeton, CA 93465-1477
USA
1 310-877-0210

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.