30/12/07 – Il Fagiano IV (Italy) Rosso

Il Fagiano IV (Italy) Rosso

Acertain amount of belt- tightening may be necessary, given that Britain’s high street stores are once again boasting of their ‘best ever’ Christmas sales, so how about this delicious 4.00 Italian red that really does over-deliver on its modest price? Marco Flacco is the extremely talented winemaker behind this juicy, unoaked blend of Sangiovese and 15% Merlot, created specifically for Averys. The nose is just crammed with pure, burstingly ripe berry fruits, with a certain chocolaty richness, but focused on succulent, fat, cherry and black berry aromas. There is real fruit sweetness, but the whole picture is tempered by a very intelligent reining back, as just enough tight, grainy tannin and fresh acidity kicks in, giving this a chewy bite and crisp, food-friendly appeal. The intensity of the fruit is excellent, in terrific little wine that is bound to please. 4.00, Averys