There isn’t much local Sangiovese that floats my boat/turns my knobs/insert analogy here. But this Pizzini Forza di Ferro Sangiovese 2016 is good. Real good.
Importantly, there’s this ferrousness here, a real tang that is like licking blood (but much more appealing) that instantly reminds you that you’re drinking Sangiovese. There’s also plenty of dark, cocoa powder edged, deep fruit, the tannins filling up the back end and giving a kick of appropriate force, and all delivered at a very moderate 13.8% alcohol.
I like this. A savoury King Valley Sangiovese that wouldn’t look out of place in a line up of southern Tuscan reds (which is a good thing). Best drinking: Good now, and for a decade. 18.5/20, 94/100. 13.8%, $55. Would I buy it? Not cheap, but worth sharing a bottle.