Tonight’s Sangiovese Showdown proved, once again, that Texas wines can stand up to their worldwide counterparts. Organized by Gusto Tastings, the blind tasting featured 20 wines — 14 from Texas, six from Italy and one from Washington.
We tasted through all 20 wines blindly, providing our individual ratings.
My favs from Italy:
Natale Verga- cherry, cherry cola, leather, mocha notes, nice tannins, well balanced
Renieri-cherry, cranberry, leather on nose with cherry sweet tart on finish
Antinori-strawberry with hints of blue fruit and green notes, nice tannins
My favs from Texas:
Salt Lick Cellars Estate Sangiovese- sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, leather notes with nice tannins (my top Texas Sangio of the night)
McPherson Cellars Sangiovese- cherry, cherry cola notes with a cherry sweet tart finish
Wedding Oak Winery Sangiovese- cherry and violet notes with cherry sweet tart finish
Llano Estacado Viviano- cherry notes with a hint of green/young wood from the Cabernet. Always a good wine.
Sangiovese is a grape that does well in Texas — next time you are considering a Texas wine, try a Sangiovese!
Thanks to Gusto Tastings and Malaga Tapas & Bar for hosting this event.