Sunday, April 25, 2010

Petroni Rosso di Sonoma

Petroni Vineyards
Rosso di Sonoma
Estate Grown
Sangiovese Grosso, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Sonoma, California, USA
$21.99 -- Costco, Austin, TX

Color: Almost obscure purpley garnet
Nose: Cherry, heat
Body: Medium to full
Front: Black cherry
Middle: Licorice
Back: Burnt rubber, heat
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

It may be that this is too young, or it may be that I'm just a Sangiovese-hater (though I had the Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2006 and it was fantastic), but it didn't do it for me. It lacks elegance, and part of the reason is it's so hot. The darkness of it, from color to nose to palate, I enjoy. But it's hard to tell what's going on with the flavors because of the alcohol level. Perhaps in a year, it'll balance out a little better -- and certainly, if you don't mind the heat, go for this one, as the fruit is nice, if inebriated.