Rosso di Toscana IGT “Peperino” 2003 – Teruzzi & Puthod, San Gimingano – Alc.13% (approx. €15 from memory), was made from Sangiovese 90% and Merlot 10% and was closed by a purple plastic stopper.
I would never have guessed this as being made from Sangiovese and in Tuscany to boot; blind, I might have opted for warm climate Syrah. However it was a very pleasant and harmonious wine seeming more evolved than it perhaps should in its sixth year (the stopper?) but was showing no signs of breaking up or drying out with its medium body, attractively generous sweet fruit with hints of cherry and ripe structure. There was none of the bracing acidity and appetite awakening tang that I expect from Tuscan Sangiovese but the hot vintage may have played a part in this and the producer (previously unknown to me, now owned by Campari and more specialised in white) should earn kudos for avoiding cooked notes and candied undertow typical of the year throughout much of Europe; enjoyable 15.5/20.