Farnese Vini, Fantini, IGT Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy, 2017
On IGT Terre di Chieti
An appellation of the Abruzzo region, stretching some 20 kms inland from the Adriatic and 35 kms along the coast, with Pescara at the northern most limit. There are numerous IGT Terre di Chieti xxxx, where xxxx is either plain bianco, rosso, or rosato, all as still or frizzante (there is also a red and a white passito), or, alternatively, xxxx is the named grape variety, eg bombino, chardonnay, malvasia, riesling, sangiovese … If a named grape variety is on the label, then this must be >= 85% when bottled, with the remainder being indigenous to, and grown in the region .
This wine: lot No. L18\30 (on the capsule), varietal sangiovese, vinified in stainless steel, with 15% aged in oak; Nomacorc synthetic cork closure, 12.5% abv, Delilah Fine Foods, ~£14 (07/18)
Consumer tasting note: a sangiovese lacking the characteristic bitterness and dominant red berry and cherry of Tuscany, nevertheless it makes for easy smooth drinking, with a profile of rich ripe black cherry, red cherry jam, and touches of black liquorice and vanilla. Finishes medium-long.
Drink now – RTD, but will keep – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [sediment tba].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of ripe black cherry with a spicy edge, rich red cherry jam with a lactic edge, beeswax and liquorice, after some time a hint of vanilla.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, soft ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of ripe black cherry, a touch of black liquorice, spicy and herbal edges. A medium (+) length with a clean richly flavoured finish.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity and soft ripe tannins with alcohol, altogether harmonious; better than moderate intensity throughout with a similar rich concentration; showing fairly simple complexity, with evidence of exposure to oak and a little time bottle, with just a frill of tertiary development showing; finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for up to two years – a sound acid-tannin structure and balance, and whilst rich in flavour, is fairly simple, despite the expense of exposure to oak (which I suppose could be staves).
- IGT Terre di Chieti [online] accessed 28/10/16