The Cantinino is one of a pair of superb Tuscan reds imported from Castello Sonnino, a 13th century estate that I discovered when I was cycling south from Florence last October.
It is made from the best Sangiovese grapes on the estate and aged in French barriques for 14 months. 2010 was a superb vintage in the area and over the last 7 years this wine has matured into something really quite special - rich, fruity, spicy and complex and a bargain at £16.95 a bottle.
Offered: November 2017
Vintage report: An outstanding vintage despite a wet spring. Harvest was very late which meant the grapes were on the vine for an unusually long time. This long ‘hang time’ resulted in grapes of impressive character with the capacity for long ageing.
Drinking window: 2017 – 2022.
Food matching: Think local - Bistecca alla Fiorentina, sausage and bean stews, roast game, pappardelle al ragu di coniglio (rabbit).