Vinea Marson Sangiovese 2017
At first swirl, I was taken to an elegant drawing room and the feeling and aromas of sinking into a beautiful leather chesterfield at the end of a long day. There’s loads of freshness too with spicy red berries, black cherries and dried rose petals erupting from the glass. Plus more savoury notes of licorice straps and bunches of bay leaves hanging to dry. Vinea Marson hold back the releases a little so that you aren’t charged with the responsibility of waiting. The age is showing as just a subtle smoky charcuterie note – plenty of life left. In the mouth it is both silky and chalky with finely drawn tannins that promise ageability without detracting from drinkability. The fruit is bright and juicy against a backdrop of seductive baking spices and crunchy red apple acidity. This wine has the complexity to handle an indulgent winter lasagne, with the acidity to balance the richness.