These grapes came off the vine in late October, looking like a great wine was going to be made. Indeed the majority of this lot went into our 2012 Tuttorosso blend which is, the priority here at Brian Carter Cellars and a stand-out wine from this stand-out vintage. I did manage to pry away three barrels of my favorite Sangiovese of the last few years from the Boushey Vineyard. It isn’t the easiest grape to grow, it takes a particularly special site to do well, and in only the best years can it make a stand-alone wine worthy of the ONE label. The vintage is our second Sangiovese ONE from Boushey the last time the sun, moon, and stars came together was in 2007 when it made one of our first ONE wines. Judging from how that wine is aging, you can keep this in your cellar for a decade or more.
Tasting Notes: Dark in color, the wine opens with a very European perfume showing pie cherries, dried herbs and flowers with a touch of wild game. Classic Chianti flavors and that food-friendly acidity associated with the great wines of Italy make this wine a standout with red tomato sauces and high-fat meats such as short ribs or cinghiale (‘wild boar’ in Italian).
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