I popped the cork on this Sangiovese, poured The Rib and myself each a sip or two, and then decanted the rest of the bottle. On the nose, I got some really big fruit, spice, earth, and leather. The palate showed some excellent sour, dark fruit—mostly black cherry—along with some cola, spice, and smoke. The tannins really gave this wine a beautiful structure. As it opened up a bit, the nose had some nice tobacco notes and a little unripe strawberry. After sitting for a couple of hours in the decanter, the smoke notes on the palate were more noticeable. As it opened up in the decanter, the Martoccia reminded me of a cherry coke from a drugstore soda fountain. I would describe this wine as somewhat delicate—the tannins were super soothing—but complex. We took a little over three hours with this wine and it just kept getting better.
We paired the Martoccia with rich meat sauce and spaghetti. It paired fairly well, but to be honest, the food was almost secondary to the wine. I enjoyed the sips I had after eating more than the few I had before and during dinner. I think this particular wine would pair nicely with a mild cigar.
At $25, this wine is a steal. I absolutely plan on getting a few more bottles of this one if any are still available at my local wine shop.
When I do get around to opening another bottle of the Martoccia, I will be sure to decant it for an hour or so before pouring and will take my time sipping it. Once again, this is a gem of a wine with a really nice structure, mild yet supple tannins, and some great fruit. This wine will cellar nicely for the next 4 years or so. Go find a bottle now. You and your decanter will be happy.
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