Located in the countryside of the Maremma, Podere San Cristoforo borders the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas in southwestern Tuscany. Surrounded by lush hills, bursting sunflower fields and those vines, this must be heaven.
Sangiovese is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. Therefore it no surprise that it is a main ingredient in many of the country’s fine blends: It is the only grape in Tuscany’s lauded Brunello di Montalcino and is a strong component in both Chianti and Montepulciano. This is a versatile and fine grape with smooth and balanced tannins alongside dark, rich fruits.
The 2011 Podere San Cristoforo Amaranto Sangiovese is bright and smooth, with a long, warm finish. It is fruity but balanced wonderfully with a zesty, tangy mouthfeel. Notes of plum and raisin along with a touch of tobacco and cinnamon round out this excellent Italian wine. This would be best opened ahead of time to allow those flavors to open up and breathe. This would probably be a great wine to put in the cellar for a few more years to truly allow those flavors to ripen and marry.
It is good to know that a small vineyard like Podere San Cristoforo employs a hands-on biodynamic approach, using organic compost to strengthen the soil along with the natural elements like wind and rain to grow their grapes. Priced moderately at around $15 for such a fine quality wine, look for it locally and enjoy!
(Photo credit goes to Podere San Cristoforo. How gorgeous is that?)