I’ve written about Tenuta Belguardo over the years. It’s a property owned by the Mazzei family of Chianti, which also owns Castello di Fonterutoli. They consistently put out wines that perform well above their price categories.
Belguardo’s vineyards are on the Tuscan coast, which is much warmer than the more traditional vineyards in the central hills. Along with an enthusiastic use of oak aging, this makes for some very modern, ultra-ripe versions of Sangiovese.
Aromas of espresso, blackberry, and vanilla. Medium bodied with supple tannin, the flavor goes toward melting fudge and Asian five-spice. This is a wine with style, charisma, but not much depth. It’s the type of wine I open when I want to simply enjoy a richly textured Super-Tuscan. As for a food pairing, try it with a handful of white chocolate truffles.