While I am a regular fan of dynamic red blends, I must admit I had my doubts about the Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, from Umberto Cesari, when I was faced with the challenge of finding a good wine for that evenings top sirloin dinner. You see, I was dining with folks who only turned to wine on rare occasions and they all held reservations on wine and limited their wine intake for one reason or another. Nonetheless, I tried my hand at Umberto Cesari’s Liano Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon red blend 2009, knowing that it could either go extremely well, or quite poorly.
On colour, the Umberto Cesari Liano Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 held a solid ruby red hue. On the nose, scents of vanilla, blueberry, cherry and some spice are noted. On the palate, formidable smooth mouth feel is present, with tastes of blueberry, oak, cherry and uniquely refined tannins. I cannot say enough about how well this wine performed on its own and as a pairing to our grilled meat. Though this wine developed further as it had time to breathe, it could still be enjoyed the time of first pour. This really is a must try.
If this wine is an indication for the entire collection, then it is no wonder Umberto Cesari wines won 65 awards in 2012 alone.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $29.95
We gave this wine a score of 5 out of 5