Antinori Santa Cristina
* 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot
* Chianti sub-region
* Intense bouquet of mature fruits
* Well structured, harmonious, soft and very pleasing on the palate
*Appearance: clear, bright, medium intensity, ruby, medium viscosity
*Nose: sound/clean, medium intensity, aroma/youthful, cherry, raspberry, tobacco
*Palate: dry, light bodied, confirms fruit on the nose, medium low tannins, medium alcohol, medium acidity, medium complexity, medium minus length
I tasted this wine while dining at a local Italian restaurant. The lighting was dim, so some of my appearance notes may be compromised by that factor.
I paired it with a pepperoni and sausage panzerotti. For those of you unfamiliar with panzerotti, it is basically a deep-fried calzone. In other words, a little piece of heaven. Homemade marinara sauce smothered the dish. Melted mozzarella cheese oozed out of the pocket as it was cut open with a knife. Yes, it is so massive that a knife is necessary to cut this behemoth dish! The Sangiovese paired nicely with this meal and I would most certainly drink it with a zesty, tomato based Italian dish again in the future.