This Cal-Ital is a blend of 58% Sangiovese, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, and 10% Merlot sourced from Califonia's South Coast AVA. South Coast winery where the wine is produced and bottled is located in Temecula, California.
Right away on the nose I get a good solid dose of oak. This creamy and toasted oak aroma combines with hints of jammy blackberry, spice, and sarsaparilla.
On the palate the wine is also completely dominated by the toasted oak flavors. There is also some hints of black cherry and blackberry, but they are almost completely masked by the heavy and awkward oaky flavors. The wine finishes slightly off balance and bitter.
I don't have a very wide sense of the appellation, because I have only tasted a few wines from this area in my wine career. However, I have to be honest and say that I think it's a very poor effort and lacks any sense of place because the wine is over-manipulated by oak treatment. I have tasted hundreds of "Super Tuscans" in the last decade and can honestly say I don't find any varietal expression in the 58% Sangiovese that is in this wine. 73 points
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