Monday, December 17, 2007

Review and Rating: ** Castagna "La Chiave" Sangiovese, 2004, Victoria, Australia

The Castagna line of wines are biodynamically farmed in the Beechworth area of Victoria, Australia.

The wine is medium dark red in the glass. Nose is light and somewhat fruity, perhaps with a touch of charred walnuts.

The palate is crisp and somewhat acidic, especially for an Australian red. Modest finish. Two stars out of five.

This has a good enough reputation that I'll need to try it again someday - different setting, with food. Here's what the winery says about it's own wine: "Wildly enticing, ethereal - a seduction of the senses. Roasted meats, sour cherries, earth, undergrowth and the sweet scent of rose petals make a bold introduction. A tensile spine of fine tannins and acid gives form and support to the fruit. Rich in the mouth, it provides gobs of ripe black cherry fruit, sweet and chocolatey at first impression. Then the tannins and seamless oak step in and take the fruit on a long, joyful ride that ends with a dry, savoury taper. A truly compelling wine with wild sous bois - like character and generous fruit impact." Wow. What was I drinking then?!

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