Super delicious and full of Italian character, the Renzo Masi Erta e China.
Sample submitted for review. "Erta e China" means ascent and descent in Italian and refers to the way the vines are planted up and down the hillside instead of encircling it. The wine has an SRP $16 and is available for as low as $15. 40,000 bottles produced. Imported by HB Wine Merchants.
Production Area: Chianti Rufina
Grapes: 50% Sangiovese - 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
Ageing: Fourteen months in 2 year old american and french oak barrels
Production: 40.000 bottles
The 2017 Renzo Masi Erta e China begins with a very nice, succulent aroma of red and black cherry, cedar, violets and a little spice. Right from the first sip there's no doubt this is a distinctively italian wine with savory sour cherry Sangiovese flavors smoothed out and bulked up a bit by the Cabernet. It also features good acidity and nice touches of spice. The tart fruit lasts through the dry, long, grippy finish. This is a really delicious Super Tuscan on its own but even better when paired with Italian food.
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