Great wines under $10, Italy, Red wine, Sangiovese, Tuscany

Donna Laura Ali Sangiovese 2007


Winemaker: Marco Camarri
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Region: Tuscany, Italy

This lovely wine is composed of two different clones of Sangiovese (50% of each), from Lia Tolaini-Banville’s hillside vineyards. One of the clones gives wine the structure, the other one contributes vibrant fruit qualities.

It was Lia’s and her winemaker Marco’s passion to deliver wine that shows the true taste of Sangiovese and its terroire and they achieved it with all three of their wines: Bramosia, Alteo and Ali.

Donna Laura Ali, named by Lia’s daughter, is pure Sangiovese, vinified and aged for 1 year exclusively in stainless steel. It preserves bright fruit character of their high quality Sangiovese clones. This wine develops dark color tones and silky tannins even without oak support.

Very classic, beautiful label is a detail of Cupid from the original artwork for the Bramosia Chianti Classico, label by Rik Olsen. Donna Laura Ali could be easily considered as a best value wine from this wine region.

Tasting notes:
Ali is a refreshing, dark ruby wine. The body seems light without heavy oak tannins, but the flavor and aroma is definitely not locking. On the nose you will get hints of ripe cherries, raspberries and herbs. Very fruity and juicy with balanced acidity and silky tannins makes it easy to drink as well as versatile at the dinner table. The flavors develop intensity as the wine opens up.

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 10.00

Ideal food pairing:
Pasta, grilled meats, rotisserie chicken, risotto, grilled salmon and many more

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