Monday, November 16, 2009

Umberto Cesari Sangiovese Riserva 2006

Last night was Italian night. The only thing missing was sitting in Italy overlooking the vineyards. My wife made her incredible lasagna (no ricotta cheese!!!) that is actually better than you will find in a restaurant. She lived and worked in Italy for two years and picked up the Italian cooking. Additionally, we had a wild baby arugla salad with our Felsina Raggiolo olive oil dressing that we picked up in Tuscany at the Felsina winery. This was paired with the Umberto Cesari Sangiovese Riserva 2006 from the Cesari family winery located in Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy. This garnet-colored wine made of a blend of Sangiovese (85%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). It has a nice medium-body that has wonderful cherry aromas along with some spring flowers. The sweetness from the cherries was combined with some black currant and some dusty/earthy Tuscan flavors. The wine was aged for 24 months in Slovenian oak which was integrated well. This Riserva was a little higher in acidity but was well balanced. The tannins were soft even with the Cabernet blend. This is a rather dry wine but had an enjoyable finish. With great food, nice wine and a wonderful family, it just doesn't get any better. I can't wait for our next Italian night. The Umberto Ceasri Sangiovese Riserva 2006 retails for about $19. Give this a try. This is a young Sangiovese that should age well, if you can hold off for a few years.


  1. Ahhhh you gotta get yourself out to Italy, I'm missing it so much. Luckily Im back for Xmas in Umbria and can't wait then to the Veneto in January. Noticed you like the Italian wines, planning any trips?

  2. Hi. Hopefully we will get back over some time this summer. Italy has beautiful scenery, great food and wonderful wines. They are probably our favorite wines. We saw the Andrea Bocelli outdoor concert this past year in Lajatico. Beautiful setting for a concert. Want to do Piedmonte next. Other suggestions? Where are you living now?