2009 Stolpman Sangiovese

Community Tasting Note


82 Points

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - Decanted 2 hrs. ahead (yes, 2 hrs). Very deep ruby-garnet color. Nice nose of earth, spice, and sweet oak. Fairly austere on the palate as dry spice flavors and woody tannins overshadow fruit. What little fruit there is takes the form of cherry and cassis, but it's faint. The finish is also pretty tight, as mouth-coating, greenish tannins dominate. How to rate this wine? There's no CellarTracker category for "Infuriating". This is my second bottle of this juice. Maybe it will be better in XX years, but I doubt that I have the patience and the cellar space for something that's so fruit-shy and forbidding.

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