The Liano Rosso Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicone IGT 2017, which carries a suggested retail price of $35, is a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. In terms of its flavor profile, it has an intriguing bouquet of black cherry jam, interlaced with vanilla, spices and a powerful, yet harmonious taste with a lingering finish. Interestingly, the wine itself was named after Umberto Cesari’s Liano vineyard in Colli Bolognesi, 10 miles South of Bologna.
Also great from the Emilia Romagna region in north-central Italy is the Sangiovese di Romagna Riserva DOC 2017. This one is 100% Sangiovese wine, aged 18 months in 30 hl. Slavonian oak barrels and 6 months in steel tanks. The nose is intense and complex, with sweet violet notes and elegant hints of oak and roasted coffee beans. On the palate it is full-bodied, with smooth tannins and a long flavorful.