Based on a conversation I had with Kristen Spelletich, the creator of SPELLwine, I might be on to something. She told me that she doesn’t sell a lot of her sangiovese. ”And it pisses me off too! Because it’s a super, high acid, excellent with food wine,” she vented. But that doesn’t prevent her from producing it. Kristen’s attitude toward wine is to make wines that don’t necessarily follow the formula that others use. And it’s working for her.
SPELLwine was made by Kristen after she started working for her parent’s winery, Spelletich Cellars. In fact, her mom does most
I couldn’t agree more with Kristen about her take on the SPELLwine Lodi sangiovese. It is a fantastic food wine. And it pisses me off that they don’t sell more of this too. It’s a fantastic wine and if you’re not drinking it, you’re missing out.
The nose of this sangiovese is awesome! It has bright cherry aromas along with plenty of spices like nutmeg and clove, all with excellent intensity. Beneath all that there’s a slight floral aroma lurking in the rear the corners and adding a touch of intrigue. The palate hits you with outstanding acidity and tasty cherry flavors. The tannins aren’t
I would classify this as a “best of both worlds” wine. It has the acidity and some of the tannins I would expect from an ancient world sangiovese with the fruit I would expect from a new world producer, but it’s not over the top. It’s a nice balance.
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