“Here's a simple wine for informal dinners at home. La Carraia's 2014 Sangiovese shows dark, meaty fruit and generous spice. What the wine lacks in complexity, it makes up for in intensity. The in-your-face bouquet is redolent of dark cherry, leather, tobacco and candied blackberry. Given the power and momentum of this wine, it's hard to believe it comes from the soggy and wet 2014 vintage. In fact, the results far exceed expectations.”
“Soft, supple and fruit driven is what makes Sangiovese, made famous in Chianti, so spectacular and such a great match for Italian food. This wine, 100% Sangiovese, certainly delivers on that character of Italy’s rustic and honest charms. Aromas of crushed strawberry, tobacco and clove hint at a wine that delivers a vibrant palate of red fruits, cocoa dust and barrel spice. The finish is vibrant with fresh acidity that makes this a natural food wine.”
“Bright ruby-red. Clean, fresh red berry and mineral aromas on the bright, enticing nose. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with an almost crunchy quality to the red fruit and delicate mineral and herbal flavors. You can't ask for a better pizza and pasta wine than this bright, persistent number. Not quite complex enough to merit an outstanding score, but it's so remarkably juicy that I couldn't resist giving it 90 points.”
“The 2011 Sangiovese explodes from the glass with juicy dark red cherries, spices, licorice and incense. This is a decidedly racy, extroverted Sangiovese, with an attractive exoticism in its spiciness, but it all works quite beautifully. The 2011 is a great value from La Carraia and oenologist Riccardo Cotarella.”
“The 2010 Sangiovese comes across as decidedly plump and juicy. Cotarella aims for a rich, dark expression of fruit, which he has certainly achieved here. A brief passage in new French oak barrels is felt in the wine's texture and flavor profile.”
La Carraia's 2009 Sangiovese is a big, deep red laced with dark fruit, French oak, and spices, all of which flow in an extroverted multidimensional expression of Sangiovese. The finish is long, harmonious and juicy. This isn't for the timid, but readers who enjoy a full-throttle style of Sangiovese will find much to admire.
Medium red. The nose begins with a lovely floral perfume and good vinosity. Offers a sensual mingling of smokiness and bright cranberry-inflected fruit, with a hint of unabsorbed carbon dioxide giving added freshness.
The 2007 Sangiovese is a delicious, medium-bodied wine. There is excellent clarity and definition in the glass, as pretty sensations of floral red fruits and sweet spices emerge, showing lovely harmony and balance.