Wine: Il Valore Sangiovese 2008
Region:  Puglia, Italy

I smell clove and nectarines. The nectarine is replaced by black raspberry as I drink it but neither fruit is the star.  Rather, they are encased by a clove shell that dominates the glass.  I think it’s a fabulous combination of spice and fruit, in just the right proportion. The wine seems medium-bodied at first but it’s thick as it goes down the throat.

3 stars

3 stars

Other Bloggers’ Thoughts:

Mike Conway @ Wine for the Cheap (2007 vintage)

First off, I’d just like to say that this wine is very, very tart. It has a pungent, spicy aroma and a dry, sour taste to it that lingers well after you’ve set down the glass. I realize after some contemplation that the primary flavor (other than, you know, grapes) is quite cranberry-esque. It almost reminds me of Ocean Spray Cranberry-Juice Cocktail, although with alcohol. I imagine it’ll pair quite well with Craisins. Or maybe, you know, meat.

Overall, this is a decent red that helps fight urinary tract infections. I’ll give it 3 out of 5.

T. Francis @ Grapes of Rant (2006 Vintage)

Nose: Anise and currants

Taste: Very “young” tasting, with acidic fruit and a clean finish

Would I buy it again? No

Would I recommend it to others? No

Reviewed by The Gourmez 11.9.09.

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