In a nutshell: A full rich and long Italian Sangiovese from Emilia Romagna.
The lowdown: Umberto Cesari's mission over the years has been to bring out the full potential the Sangiovese in the the vineyards of Emilia Romagna and this example is a good measure of his skill. After fermentation the wine was aged for 24 months in large oak barrels before bottling. The result is a with lovely rich, deep, intense aromas of smoky black forest gateaux followed by intense flavours of black cherry, mocha, cedar and cinnamon. Big and powerful it's very well balanced and has good big grippy tannins and a great length.
When to drink: With its bold character and tannic backbone this would make a good match to game, roast duck and other boldly flavoured meat dishes. You could also try it with rich chocolate desserts.
For Umberto Cesari, producing good wine in Emilia Romagna is a family tradition. It is here that Umberto and his wife Giuliana started their company in 1965, when they bought 20 hectares of land in the hills. Their ambition was to turn Sangiovese into a great wine, reflecting the typicity of the area. The winery has continually expanded and today the estate extends over 100 hectares divided into distinct vineyards; La Casetta, Parolino, Cà Grande and Laurento, each of which provides the perfect micro-climate for the vines planted. As pioneers of quality in Emilia Romagna, Cesari has gained international recognition and has been awarded IWSC Italian Winemaker of the Year four times in the last 15 years.