2016 San Valentino Sangiovese Riserva Terra Di Covignan
2016 San Valentino Sangiovese Riserva Terra Di Covignan Intense ruby red color with purple reflections. On the nose strong fruity notes of cherries, currants and blueberries that open to aromas of thyme, juniper, red rose and violet, as well as spicy nuances of rhubarb. On the palate it is broad, rich, harmonious and well structured. Elegant and powerful but at the same time fresh and in possession of a well-developed tannic fiber. Very pleasant finish of bitter chocolate and plum jam. Matures in French oak tonneaux for 18 months
Vini San Valentino
Vini San Valentino The wines produced in our winery are made with love: it was the passion and the attachment to the fruits of his land that pushed Roberto Mascarin in 1997 to inherit the business his father had started some years before. He reorganized and enlarged the company, planting new vineyards and reaching prestigious goals within few years. However, the meeting with Valentina, Enrico and Alfredo Aureli in 2016, who entered into partnership with Roberto, signed the rebirth of San Valentino.
Sangiovese (or Nielluccio in Corsica), a dark-berried vine, is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. Virtually synonymous with the red wines of Tuscany, and all the romanticism that goes with the territory, Sangiovese is the core constituent in some of the great names in Italian wine. Italy’s love affair with Sangiovese – and indeed the world’s – is generations old, though recent grapevine research suggests the variety is not as ancient as once thought.
At the dawn of the 21st Century, Sangiovese equated to roughly one in every 10 vines on the Italian peninsula. The quality of Sangiovese wine can be notoriously variable. But, in the 1980s, drastically improved winemaking techniques saw a significant shift toward more quality-oriented releases. Sangiovese has numerous clones and is consequently known by many synonyms in its native Italy.
Good-quality Sangiovese is prized for its high acid, firm tannins and balanced nature. Savory flavors of dark cherries and black stonefruit are characteristic, and may be backed by secondary notes of tomato leaf and dried herbs. The use of oak has become more popular and this coaxes richer flavors from the grapes, tending toward plum and wild raspberry.
In Tuscany, Sangiovese is the sole grape variety permitted in the prestigious Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and provides the backbone to Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the popular wines of Chianti. One of Sangiovese’s more modern incarnations is in the so-called “”””Super Tuscans””””, which are made under the Toscana IGT category. These wines allow winemakers more freedom to blend indigenous Italian grapes (principally Sangiovese) with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot (see Cabernet – Merlot – Sangiovese for more information).
Outside Tuscany, Sangiovese is widely planted in Lazio, Umbria, Marche and of course Corsica. In Corsica, the variety is known as Nielluccio and has a distinctive maquis characteristic, which distinguishes it somewhat from other Sangiovese.