Casa Emma "Harenae" Sangiovese IGT Colli della Toscana Centrale 2018
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A unique and mesmerizing expression of Sangiovese. It's a Jedi mind-trick: so purely Sangiovese to the olfactory senses and tastebuds, so otherworldly in texture and feel, like no Sangio I can recall. Enter Harenae's aging vessel—terracotta amphora—which brings a rounded, voluminous elegance to it all, virtually burying what little tannin there is in a shroud of plush flavor.
When it comes to the wines I enjoy "after hours" with dinner, I go through periods of wine discovery and learning. The last 12 months, I've focused on Sangiovese, from Montalcino to Chianti to whatever catches my eye. I can say without a doubt: today's wine strikes me like no other Sangiovese I've had in the last 12 months and without a doubt, much longer. It's spectacular and unique. If you enjoy Sangiovese on any level, from Brunello to Chianti Classico, you have to try it. If you enjoy Italian red wine on any level, you have to try it. -Marcus
94 points Wine Enthusiast, Editors' Choice: "Made entirely in amphora, this delicious Sangiovese has inviting, earthy aromas of ripe black plum, truffle, blackberry, baking spice and blue flower. Reflecting the nose, the enveloping, chewy palate doles out mouthfuls of fleshy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, cinnamon and tobacco. Velvety tannins provide the almost lush framework while fresh acidity picks up the finish. Drink through 2025."
93 points The Wine Advocate: "A dark and sultry expression of Sangiovese fermented in spherical amphorae, the Casa Emma 2018 Harenae doles out plenty of dried blackberry, plum, tobacco, spice and grilled herb. This is a full and generous expression that reflects the soft hills of Tuscany in its generous, mid-weight style and the sunshine of Italy in the textural darkness and richness of the fruit. This is a lovely wine with punchy bright fruit aromas to pair with a gilled, fatty steak. This is a terrific discovery I am very happy to recommend."