The Cavatappi Sangiovese 2006 is too alcoholic for my delicate palate. And if anyone knows me, my palate loves alcohol (and knows as well that ‘delicate’ isn’t particularly apt to describe anything about me!). That being said, I opened this bottle and tried it at several stages throughout my dinner-making and dinner-consuming, and it was still overwhelmingly dominated by the alcohol factor. I simply wasn’t able to discern any unique flavors because of the strong bite of alcohol with every sip. At 14.5%, it’s definitely up there – but after drinking the Excelsior Cab at 14.5% and barely noticing the bite – I think there is something amiss. After deciding I didn’t much care for it and that it will indeed languish half-drunk and take up counter space (though I thought maybe if I was eating something SUPER rich it would provide itself useful) – a week or so later I noticed its distinctive (and quite attractive) label at Lola, and upon brief internet search, it appears on the menu at Chez Shea as well. I cheerfully concede that these two restaurants are MUCH more wine savvy than I, so I beg you buy the Cavatappi Sangiovese (or perhaps order a glass!) and make your own assessment of the situation. After all, who am I to assert alcohol as a bad thing! Ha!!
I recently visited the Stepping Stone in Ballard for a glass of wine, and what did I spy on the menu? My much maligned friend, the Cavatappi Sangiovese. In the spirit of the season, I decided the time was now to see if my first impression rang true. Maybe it was just the baskets of free peanuts promoting goodwill, but I was much happier with my second encounter! It was decidedly NOT as alcoholic, but instead was fruity, pleasantly acidic, and rather enjoyable by itself on a cold December night. My next step is to grab another bottle from the store just to make *absolutely* sure… Perhaps I’ll use my new Vinturi on it?
Cavatappi Sangiovese 2006 – Ballard Market – approx. $10.00 (I promise to start paying more attention to prices – $10/per bottle is my typical price point!)