Macchia Amorous Sangiovese 2011
Macchia is a small family run winery located at 7099 East Peltier Road, just outside Lodi, California. While their specialty is obviously Zinfandel, their Italian varieties have won prestigious awards at all major competitions. The name Macchia comes from the Italian word “the spot”. They own no vineyards but rather source their grapes from of California’s “Best Spots”. Their sources range from the Russian River up to the Sierra Foothills, and of course, several special vineyard designated spots in their hometown Lodi. They prefer quality over quantity. Their customers seem to agree. They consistently sell out of current releases; usually months before the next is due, but don’t worry they make more than ten different Zinfandels and up to eight Italian wines. There is always something new to taste at Macchia. Their plan is to stay on the smaller side, so Tim (owner/winemaker) can over see each individual lot. He is very hands-on. “That’s why I got into the Business in the first place. I love the wine making part of the business. It is my Passion!” Just get Tim talking about wine and you will usually end up in the barrel room tasting some of his latest projects.
Editorial Reviews for Macchia Amorous Sangiovese
Chocolatey on the nose with big blackberry fruit, allspice, vanilla giving this an oaky tones on the nose. On entry there’s dark black cherry and blackberry fruit topped with some toasty, charry oak but this is lighter on the palate than one might expect from the nose with a very slight creamy edge and nice complicating notes of cocoa and herbs that turn aromatic on the back and through the modest, tart and slightly hot finish. 86pts
Fairly fruity nose with some hints of spice--sort of cinnamonny. Fruit explosion on the palate--cherry, blueberry. The wine has a "smooth" mouth feel, but it is not terribly rewarding. I am having difficulty trying to think what food this would match. It does not have sufficient acid that I would seek in, say, a Chianti. This may work with a rich cheese. US$17.09 at Total Wines.
Not what I was expecting from a Sangiovese, even one not from Italy. Something just seemed a bit off. Medium mouthfeel with a decent balance but slightly closed off. Odd palate that I can only describe as having a smoked BBQ taste. Finish was rather abrupt with heat from alcohol.
The color of this wine is a lighter garnet all around, very similar to many Sangiovese from Italy. The nose is very interesting, with some tobacco, lovely dry spice notes, black pepper and a hint of fresh mint and lots and lots of oak. The taste has a wonderful floral quality up front, which eases into some lighter fruit notes and fresh herbs midpalate. The finish is very smooth, with lovely notes of gravel and mint that is quite dry. This wine strikes me as a very food friendly wine, as the more subtle flavor profile would tend to compliment a wide variety of dishes, from rich pastas, to grilled salmon to pizza on a Friday night! See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/05/2011-macchia-amorous-lodi-sangiovese.html
The nose showed spicy cherry, milk chocolate and blueberry with a vanilla sheen. On the palate, it was medium in body with ripe dark berry tones, sweet spice, dark chocolate and hints of herbs. The finish showed masses of ripe fruit and spice but with a beautifully refreshing quality. (87 points)
Toasty, stewed black cherry on the nose. Smells a lot like a dark chocolate covered black cherry. Pepery notes, wild red and black berry. Richly textured on the palate, very thick mouthfeel. Toasty oak and vanilla notes with bitter chocolate. Fruit is a bit pruny and stewed, so unsure if the bottle got cooked or perhaps mine was just off as this seems unlike the style. Plum skin, sweet oak. Tad hot on the alcohol feel. Tried a bit later and the raisiny qualities were much less, so perhaps aeration helped that out, whatever it was. 84 pts. 5/1/13
Food Pairings for Macchia Amorous Sangiovese
Lodi. Macchia has been making Sangiovese since the day we opened. We have won Best of Class of this region at the State Fair more times than not. The 2011 was no exception. Lodi’s warm summer days, combined with its cool evening breezes, allowed these grapes to ripen to perfection. The results are a rich, concentrated, fruit-forward wine with crisp acids and smooth tannins. This Sangiovese will compliment any food paring, especially pasta.
1,150 cases produced.
Notes: 33% FO/AO Hybrid 67% American mt+ & ht 50% new, 25% 1 yr, 25% 2 yr
|Total Acidity: 0.65 grams per liter|