Their website explains a bit of the storied history of the Montepulciano grape. Hannibal gave the wine to his soldiers for its supposed restorative powers, and Ovid praised it in a poem.
The making of the 2017 Citra Sangiovese Terre di Chieti was overseen by renowned enologist Riccardo Cotarella. The wine was vinified and aged a bit in stainless steel tanks, not oak vats. Alcohol hits a moderate 13% abv and and this would appear to the Citra bargain brand, as it sells for about ten bucks.
This Sangiovese is a lightweight wine with an appealing nose and palate. Aromas of cherry and raspberry are fresh and cheery. The red fruit flavors are bright and natural, owing to stainless steel vinification and aging. No oak. The finish pales quickly, but it's an enjoyable sip.
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