Sangiovese from San Marino
Last Summer I traveled to San Marino and next to the usual sightseeing, I was looking for wine. A few months ago, I wrote a San Marino wine & travel guide which you find here. Should you not know much about San Marino, the oldest, still existing, constitutional republic in the world, and Sammarinese wine then I recommend you to read that article first.
The majority, if not all wine from San Marino is bottled by the Consorzio Vini Tipici di San Marino. The consorzio is a society of small, independent winery dedicated to the production of traditional wine. Only rarely Sammarinese wine can be bought abroad (and abroad also means Italy!). Simply for the reason that the Sammarinese vintners do not like to export their already low quantity of wine.
The 2006 Brugneto is a blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% local grapes. The wine classified as IO San Marino (Identificazione d’Origine). IO is the Sammarinese equivalent of the Italian DOC. Sangiovese is the most important grape in San Marino. Sammarinese wines often tend to taste similar to the ones of the Emilia-Romagna in Italy. The wine aged for over a year in stainless steel tanks. According to the bottle label, Brugneto is only produced in the very best vintages.
Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for roughly two hours. But right after pulling the cork my biggest fear almost came true:
The cork did not look good – at all! I hope you can tell by looking at the picture. Everyone in the room was worried that the win was oxidated. So before decanting it, I decided to take a zip. The wine seemed to be alright but it definitely needed some decanting.
After two hours we decided to give the Brugneto a try.
In the glass, the wine had a garnet red color. ABV was label listed at 13.5%. Intense nose with bilberry, blackberry and blueberry aromas. On the palate, Brugneto was dry with pleasingly, mellow tannins. A soft wine that was well-structured and elegant. I tasted some of the fruits from the nose. The wine had some acidity, too. Brugneto was full-bodied. The aftertaste was of medium length.
Please note that the bottle label is from the 2004 vintage (looks identical though).
The Consorzio Vini Tipici di San Marino recommends to age this wine for a maximum of 5-6 years. Maybe it is just my bottle but the wine seemed to be just fine.
In San Marino I bought this wine for 14€. The wine can be bought in pretty much every Sammarinese wine shop. On your next trip to Italy make sure to stop in San Marino and to pick up a bottle or two of Sammarinese wine. You will not regret it. Promised!
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