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Sangiovese

Italy, Sangiovese, Chianti Classico, Cecchi, Tuscany, Chianti, 2012

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90% sangiovese N/ Red berries, blueberries, earth, river rocks, wild herbs, the smell of the countryside after a rain. Lovely. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Red and blue fruits, great earth, mushroom, light game, and mineral notes. Acid work is perfect for a variety of dishes. http://cecchi.net/en/ Price = $22 N = A T = A- I […]

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Italy, Red Blend (Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese), Liberta, Collazzi Vineyards, Toscana, 2012

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N/ Cellar room, sage, crushed rose petals, cassis, light confection, sweet woods, forest floor, and rhubarb. Complex and delightful. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. Silky but bouncing with acidity. Clean, mineral driven cassis and red berries, with a cranberry tartness that tamed with time in the glass. A perfect food wine that worked seamlessly with […]

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Italy, Super Tuscan Red Blend (Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet, etc.), L’Andrea, Monte Vibiano, Colli Perugini Rosso DOC, Marsciano – Perugia, 2007

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Red blend of: sangiovese 50%, merlot 15%, cabernet sauvignon 15%, Syrah 5%, other red grape varieties 15%. N/ Lightly smoked black cherry, and deep red fruits with layers of earth, tobacco, wet, aged oak, and rock. Pine needles, sage, and wild herbs slow dance. Only, slight detraction, is a wee bit of reduced aromas that […]

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Italy, Sangiovese, Vecchio Rosso, Monte Vibiano, Marsciano – Perugia, Umbria, 2011

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She started out on the light side of the equation but, with time, became ample and full of fruit. A touch of spice and a delightful acid presence throughout the experience. Paired perfectly with roasted chicken and a persimmon chicken risotto. The balance between her ripe red fruit flavors, acid throughout, and clean lines made […]

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USA, Red Blend, Acorn Hill, Acorn Winery, Alegría Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Healdsburg, Sonoma, California, 2009

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A red blend of: 54% Syrah, 44% Sangiovese, 1% Viognier, 0.5% Canaiolo, and 0.5% Mammolo. N/ Clean, inviting, barrel room wafts layer perfectly atop blackcherry, plum skin, and savory notes.  Wet earth, wild herbs, and aged leather delight. She closes with a touch of sage and wild prairie. Complex countryside aromas here. Love it. T/ Medium […]

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USA, Sangiovese, Acorn Winery, Alegría Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Healdsburg, Sonoma, California, 2010

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A single-vineyard field blend of 98% Sangiovese (7 different clones) with 1% Canaiolo and 1% Mammolo. N/ Clean, acidic blackberry, sharp plum skin, raspberries, and red apple dusted in light barrel room aromas. Pine needles and dry forest floor. Soft leather. Hint of white pepper. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dancing cherry, black cherry, and plums. Spice and […]

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Winery & Vineyards Visits – Acorn Winery (Alegría Vineyard) in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

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Highlights The warm and knowledgable Betsy and Bill. True “Field blending” (40-50 different grape types on just 27 acres). Great wines. Excellent and down-to-earth atmosphere and wine making approach. Solid soil and cork learning tools on display in the tasting room. Learning without effort. 40-50 varietals = from A to Z, seriously. Madeline Angevine and […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA

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Castello di Amorosa crafts some great wines, as I’ve reviewed in the past.  So when I was planning my most recent Napa and Sonoma tour, Castello was high on my hit list of places to visit. I also had another motivation to see the castle, as I wanted to finally meet, in person, my friend […]

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USA, Red Blend, Red Dirt Red, Kunde, Sonoma Valley, California, 2008

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Red blend of: 37% Barbera, 29% Syrah, 25% Zinfandel and 9% Sangiovese. Note: almost 15% alcohol but does not nose or drink “hot”. N/ Round, extremely sweet, ripe plums. Strawberry jam. Stewed oaks. Moss. Gardenias (lovely!). Hint of river rocks. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Full, ripe, plum reduction sauce. Coating, jammy, red berries and strawberries. Well integrated […]

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USA, Zinfandel (with supporting cast), The Verdict, Evidence Wines, Lodi and Napa, California, 2009

Red blend of: 90% Zinfandel, 5% Sangiovese, and 5% Sauzao. N/ Lightly smoked cassis and blackcherries. Confectionery dusted, warm, lush oaks. Gentle white pepper. Cigar box. Dark chocolate. Oh my! Wonderfully complex nose for a Zinfandel – devoid of flabby jam notes – just pure, delicious aroma layers. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Big acid pop for a […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Unorthodox, Evidence Wines, Lodi and Napa, California, 2009

Red blend of: 70% Zinfandel, 10% Sangiovese, 5% Sauzao, 5% Tempranillo, 5% Syrah, and 5% of my friend Tannat. Note: she started out, as the winemaker wisely warned me – a tad tight due to very recent bottling. However, 45 – 60 minutes after decant, she began to really shine… N/ Elegantly restrained and clean for a Zinfandel based blend. […]

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USA, Rosata of Sangiovese, Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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A Rose of 99% Sangiovese and 1% Castle mystery. N/ Green apples, red berries, and strawberries with some nice burlap aromas. Granite and light confectionery waftings. T/ Full mouthfeel. Perfectly weighted. Bright acid pop with lovely green apples and cranberries. Graham crackers people! Love it! Nicely acidic and cranberry finish. Once again, excellent winecrafting and […]

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USA, Sangiovese, Castello di Amorosa, Napa, 2007

A red blend of 82% Sangiovese, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc. N/ Clean, acidic, blackberry. Light cassis reduction. Forest floor. Black earth. Light spice and confectionery. Leather. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Slightly candied stewed, juicy, plums with sweet oaks. Just a tad tannic. Slight chalk and a touch of steel. Her nose […]

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USA, Sangiovese, Two Mile, Polesky-Lentz Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, 2007

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N/ Rich, clean, confectionery dusted plum. Blackcurrant. Dry burlap. Earthy. Lightly gamey. Slight barnyard. T/ Full mouthfeel.  Quite clean and vibrant acids, especially for the fruit payload. Blackcherries. Plums stewed with light licorice. Clean, angular, long, and fruit-packed finish. www.twomilewines.com Price = $38 Very Good / Very Good+. 88 / 89 This wine was a […]

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USA, Rose, Sangiovese, Lange Twins, Lodi, 2010

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C/ Absolutely gorgeous. N/ Wonderful river stones, clean strawberry and cherry, cotton candy, fresh leather, dry earth, gunnysack. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Perfectly weighted glycerol feel. Clean, soft, red berries and strawberries. Long, cranberry and mineral kissed finish. Love this Rose! http://www.langetwins.com/index.html Winemaker = David Akiyoshi Price = JUST $13 ! Brilliant / Brilliant+. […]

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USA, Red Blend (Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot), Tesoro Winery, Trinita, Temecula, 2006

A red blend of: 67% Sangiovese, 22% Cabernet, and 11% Merlot Temecula winery, Paso Robles grapes. Note: No need to wait long after opening. Ready to enjoy in just 10 minutes. N/ Massive fruit bomb of strawberries and cherries. Warm oaks. Lovely barrel room. Lavender. Fresh leather. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Lightly candied cherries and plums. […]

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USA, Red Blend, Tobin James, Chateau Le Cacheflo, 2007

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Gotta love that wine name. A red blend of Syrah, Sangiovese and Barbera. N/ Dry gunnysack. Cranberry. Cherry. Graphite. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Full, mature cherries. Reduction sauce. Black pepper. Thick, long finish.  Only costs around $11! Brilliant-. 90

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