Pizzini Forza di Ferro Sangiovese 2013
This is Pizzini’s unreleased (comes out in January next year) new premium Sangiovese Forza di Ferro – ‘strength from iron’. Great name and a nod to the iron oxide in the Pizzini vineyard soil. It seems to be a barrel selection of the ‘standard’ Pizzini Sangiovese (now called Pietra Rossa).
Medium red, the power of suggestion makes me think it’s more ferrous than the other Pizzini Sangios. Ah the perils of reading the label first! It’s certainly the deepest of the new releases.. There are some lovely deep tannins driving this too – serious winemaking and some proper cherry pithiness. The tannins seem more even too – classy. My only qualm is the oak – it’s just a little chocolatey and sweet, stamping the finish with oak tannins too. It reminds me of some Chianti Riservas, where the extra density is there, but so is the oak.
Those dry ferrous tannins suggests the structure will outpace the oak integration though, and the length is very good, though patience is required.
Ultimately love the authenticity here – this feels very much like a Chianti Riserva. Drink: 2018-2030. 18/20, 93/100.
Details: 13.8%, Screwcap, $60CD, Sample
Would I buy it? I’d share a bottle.
Buy online: Pizzini website