This is a very outgoing Sangiovese, showing the darker side of the varietal. Fully mature, however, or even a bit past its prime, so it needs to be drunk up.
Dark ruby with tawny hues. Scorched earthy and closed at first pour, it quickly opened up to show a nose of deep-toned dark cherry fruit and an intense minerally streak. The next day, the fruit was beginning to fade and be replaced with medicinal and oxidized notes on the nose. Full-bodied yet quite soft, the wine has a very nice texture. Not sure if it's just ageing rapidly or whether it was a bit heat-damaged. Either way, I get the sense that this was better several months ago. B on the first day. B-/C+ on the second. Was $9.99 from WTSO.com. Imported by Superior Wines, Cranford, NJ.
UPDATE (2/8/14): subsequent bottles are oxidizing fast. Using my remaining two bottles for cooking. Revising score to D. No excuse for making a Sangiovese that tanks this fast. My comment about "fully mature" above? Forget that. This one's at the retirement home and too tired even for shuffleboard.