Monday, December 13, 2010

Leone d’ Oro Sangiovese, 2009

This is a wine made in the Marche region of Italy by the boutique winery Domodimonti. The winery's objective is to produce wines as naturally as possible with the least amount of additives. Their natural approach to the cultivation and conservation of vines typically exceeds the rules and regulations of organic farming. They focus on specific aspects of sustainable farming including water conservation, soil improvement, erosion control and the latest in integrated pest management techniques. Their minimalist approach can best be described as follows: Grapes are hand-picked, sustainably grown using organic matter, low-yielding vineyards, no added sugar, no acid adjustments and minimal sulfites added. The Leone d’ Oro Sangiovese has a ruby color with purple hues. There is an enticing nose of ripe red berries, strawberries, cloves, violets and wet rocks. This is a light to medium bodied wine with delicate tannins and crisp acidity. There are flavors of fresh strawberry, plum, cranberry, pencil lead and baking spice. This wine is fleshy, youthful and fruit-forward and will pair well with any tomato based pasta or a nice pepperoni pizza. This wine is available from Wines from Italy for about $12.