Sofia Barbanera’s Saracosa is one of our best-selling, most popular Italian reds. Grateful for such a positive response, she’s crafted this limited-edition luxury version, which will be a serious treat for lovers of any super-rich red.
Sofia turned to Tuscany’s historic governo method and allowed a portion of her ripe Sangiovese to air dry for 20 days – this dials the flavor concentration and complexity of the wine way, way up. Adding a dash of Merlot imparts a soft, plummy smoothness and time aging in oak barrels weaves inviting spice notes throughout.
Also lending a hand was the superior quality of the 2017 vintage (following on the heels of excellent 2016), which yielded perfectly ripe grapes with lots of freshness and zip. Look for vibrant red fruits (think strawberry and cherry), plus creamy chocolate raisin and vanilla oak notes. One sip and you’ll see why Italy’s top critic Luca Maroni has lavished it with huge praise for the third vintage in a row, with a 98-point rating.
Like any red made with this level of care, there aren’t that many cases to go around – give governo a try today and see what the buzz is all about.