2006 Lungarotti San Giorgio
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $29.94 (reg. $39.94)
"...a recognized quality leader and one of Italy's most important estates." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous
This iconic blend of Cabernet and Sangiovese is a terrific value for those who appreciate what central Italy has done for wine. For years now Umbria has been one of the greatest untapped source of red wine in all of Italy. Combined with its rich winemaking history and similarities of terroir to Tuscany, it offers up a host of reasonably priced fine wines that will appeal to fans of its more famous northern neighbor. Few other estates can claim as much credit for putting a region on the wine map as Lungarotti can, and they’ve been making serious well made wine for decades.
The ‘San Giorgio’ was a revolutionary move in 1977, blending Cabernet and Sangiovese. It didn’t so much follow in the footsteps of the Super-Tuscan movement, but marched alongside it and this estate is one of the top sources of well-crafted, traditionally styled Umbrian wine.
This “delicious, opulent red” (JS94pts) is a refined, youthful take on a uniquely Italian wine. Like legendary, established wines from Antinori or Ornellaia, San Giorgio combines elegance and rusticity in a frame that is dripping with class. With 2006 continuing to hold up as one the top vintages for central Italy in the past 20 years, this is an absolute must buy for those who want an introduction to an Italian classic, without having to wait long for it to develop in the cellar, all for a killer price. Cheers!