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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 4 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2011 vintage.)
ProducerPodere San Cristoforo
AppellationMaremma Toscana

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Community Tasting Notes (average 84.3 pts. and median of 83 pts. in 3 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 11/15/2012 & rated 83 points: Non-blind. Dbl-decanted over 4 hrs. @La Verdura (Yokohama).
Impression: Almost very good.
Over-haussed Rudolf Steiner wine. Comes with paper note "...blah---blah-blaah we are soooo ECO friendly..." and in an ECO-unfriendly extra large, extra heavy bottle that is just sooo *sigh*.
Fine nose of cherries, some cow and ... cherries.
In the mouth, it is an integrated wine with cherries and brett. Good acids, small tannin, small singing voice. Watery, as should maybe be today's choice of wine since it's Beaujolais Noveau Day today. *yiii-haaaaw*
Too thin today, to merit a higher score. Might fatten up on the mid-palate. If ordered as "the house red" at a restaurant, it would be perceived as a very good choice. Will try to enjoy the remaining 4 btls. Will never buy again. (Can't believe my previous TN.) (1155 views)
 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 1/22/2012 & rated 90 points: Non-blind. Triple decanted over 3 hours.
Groups impression: Still very young. Angrily throwing aggressive tannins at you, denying direct access to its treasures. However, with consecutive tiny sip-air-sip-air..., a restrained plummy wine emerges. Showing off a sustainable structure with a graceful array of dark berries, earthy tones and licorice aromas draped in twirling tannins. Fine acids.
I hope this will be fabulous in a few years' time. Next bottle in 2014. (1376 views)
 Tasted by RajivAyyangar on 11/18/2011 & rated 80 points: Devenish Thanksgiving Tasting (Brown Trading Company): Sangiovese. Med- ruby in the glass. A pure town of beautiful cherry on the nose. The palate was a letdown - sawdust. Med- body, dusty tannins. Maybe the oak will calm down on this with age? Not sure if that happens with wines like this. (2929 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Focus on Tuscany: The 2009s and 2008s (Aug 2011)
(Podere San Cristoforo Sangiovese Carandelle) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Italy’s Finest Values (Aug 2010)
(Podere San Cristoforo Carandelle) Subscribe to see review text.
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SANGIOVESE: (Pronounced "sahn-joh-vhe-se").
Sangiovese - Italy's claim to fame, the pride of Tuscany. Traditionally made, the wines are full of cherry fruit, earth, and cedar. It produces Chianti (Classico), Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano, Montefalco Rosso, and many others. Sangiovese is also the backbone in many of the acclaimed, modern-styled "Super-Tuscans", where it is blended with Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc) and typically aged in French oak barrels, resulting a wine primed for the international market in the style of a typical California cabernet: oaky, high-alcohol, and a ripe, jammy, fruit-forward profile.[16]

Semi-classic grape grown in the Tuscany region of Italy. Used to produce the Chianti and other Tuscan red wines. Has many clonal versions, two of which seem to predominate. The Sangiovese Grosso clone Brunello variety is used for the dark red, traditionally powerful and slow-maturing "Brunello di Montalcino" wine. The other is the Sangiovese Piccolo, also known under the historical synonym name Sangioveto, used for standard Chianti Classico DOC wines. Old vine derived wine is often used in the better versions, needing several years ageing to reach peak. A third clone, Morellino, is used in a popular wine blend with the same name found in the southern part of the province. Recent efforts in California with clones of this variety are very promising, producing medium-bodied reds with rich cherry or plumlike flavors and aromas. Among the available clonal versions are R6 and R7, derived from the Montalcino region of Italy, having average productivity/ripening and producing small berries on medium size clusters. R10 and R24 are well-recommended. R23, listed as deriving from the Emilia-Romagna region, has good vigor with medium-small clusters with earlier ripening. R102 derives from the Montepulciano region and reported to have average vigor with moderate productivity that results in higher sugar levels and good acidity from medium-small berries on medium-small clusters. Has synonym name of Nielluccio where grown in Corsica.


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