2018 La Mozza I Perazzi Cabernet Sangiovese
2018 La Mozza I Perazzi Cabernet Sangiovese Juicy dark fruit mingles with spice and licorice on the palate of this 2018 wine. The bright, ripe cherry and soft texture makes this a natural match with fresh Mediterranean flavors and dishes. Beautiful deep ruby in color with slight nuance of orange in the rim. Attack of mature blackberry, plum and cedar with variety of complex aromas such as sesami, milk, pepper, dry oak, soy sause, tea leaves and cigar box on the nose. Fruity mature black fruits on the palate as well. Heavy, dry and deep with long, smooth and silky but tannic finish.
Sangiovese blended wines are one of the success stories of 20th-Century Italian winemaking. In the 1960s and 1970s, enterprising producers from Tuscany began to experiment with the Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc (as well as Merlot), blending it with the region’s staple Sangiovese variety. Nowadays, the blend represents modern Italian winemaking, being behind some of Italy’s most famous wines.
The blend balances the distinctive black-cherry and wild-berry flavors of Sangiovese against the structure and power of Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc also occasionally appears in the blend, adding depth and spicy elegance. Acid and tannins are seldom lacking in these wines and, with appropriate barrel maturation, they can age well for many years.
Sangiovese is one of Italy’s most famous (and widely planted) varieties, used in the revered Brunello di Montalcino wines as well as in the popular wines of Chianti. Cabernet Sauvignon, a native of France’s Bordeaux region, arrived in northern Italy sometime in the early 19th Century, during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, with initial plantings located near the French border in Piedmont and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
A few decades later, when phylloxera ravaged many of Italy’s vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon was often used to replace lost native vines. Cabernet – Sangiovese wines are produced extensively as IGT/IGPs in Tuscany, and are known under the famous (if unofficial) title of “Super Tuscans”.