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Cinquecento Sangiovese - 2020

95 Points
Exemplary sangiovese. Among the best I've tasted in this country. This is an apogee of modern styling, without any forfeit of varietal personality, be it the frisk of tannins or flirt of freshness. Dried red cherry, lilac and anise brushed with thyme, sage and mint. The tannins, expansive, spindly and so refined. The oak, present yet an adjunct to the greater mould. Damn! Long and energetic. Exceptional.
Ned Goodwin MW, Wine Companion, March 2023 

95 Points, June 2023

93 Points
The 2020 Cinquecento Sangiovese is spicy, supple and concentrated, with cherry kirsch, dried herbs (bay leaf and thyme), black pudding and lashings of pink peppercorns. The finish is where the ripeness feels quite overt—it has a poached plum taste to close. I like the tannins very much—they are fine and tightly knit. There's a core of clarity/freshness within the heart of the fruit, and I like that very much. It's like biting into a summer cherry pie. Nicely done. 14.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap.
Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate, September 2023

91 Points
Deep red/tile colour with the merest tinge of purple, the savoury bouquet showing some walnutty oak, earthy and dried-herb nuances too. It's a fuller bodied version with some alcohol warmth and chewy tannin in the aftertaste. A big, ripe style which remains true to the grape variety. 
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, December 2022

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