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90 • Altamura 2005 Sangiovese, Napa Valley $45.
Ruby black color. Nutty nougat, mocha, and dried cherry aromas follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tart spicy berry compote, sundried tomato and herb notes. Finishes with a chocolate covered dried cherry and cedar accented fade with chewy tannins. An elegant, age-worthy sangiovese to enjoy with veal chops. (tasted on Jan-27-2009)
90 • Five Star Cellars 2006 Sangiovese, Walla Walla Valley $28.
Maple syrup on buckwheat pancake with raspberry aromas follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish medium body with pencil shaving and dried citrus note. Finishes with a chocolate covered orange peel and peppery spice fade. A polished table wine that will excel with tomato based dishes. (tasted on Jan-27-2009)
89 • Cougar Creek 2007 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $16. Best Buy.
Ruby black color. Bright crushed berry on the vine and cherry cola aromas follow through on soft, supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with bright tangy fruit and a crisp tangerine, cocoa, cedar and spice accented fade. A very lively and stimulating red to serve with spicy pasta and meat dishes. (tasted on Jan-27-2009)
88 • Desert Wind 2007 Sacagawea Vineyard, Sangiovese, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley $18.
Deep ruby color. Chocolate, orange blossom water, and pickle relish aromas follow through on a brisk, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity light-top-medium body with tangy cherry, craisin, and pencil shaving note. Finishes with a bright, citrus and berry skin fade with creamy cocoa and mild tannins in support. (tasted on Jan-27-2009)
87 • Yellow Hawk 2005 Sangiovese, Walla Walla Valley $18.
Dark ruby color. Earthy, slightly phenolic aromas of scorched berries on the bush, red clay, and canned stewed tomatoes follow through on a bright, brisk entry to a tart medium body with unsweetened bakers chocolate and cedar spice box notes. Finishes with a cherry cola, tomato skin, and mud accented fade. A curiously rustic, slightly fading style to serve with venison and boar. (tasted on Jan-27-2009)
86 • Pedroncelli 2005 Alto Vineyards, Sangiovese, Dry Creek Valley $14. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby color. Cherry cola and herb aromas follow through on a bright soft entry to a dryish medium body with mint, menthol tobacco and spice notes. Finishes with a crisp tangy pomegranate, cherry, and bourbon barrel accented fade. (tasted on Jan-27-2009)