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92 • Cacciata 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG $25.99.
Ruby black with a faded rim. Lightly oxidized aromas of overripe cherries and bananas, polished wood, chestnuts, and berry vinaigrette with a supple, tangy medium body and a lifted pomegranate, herb, spice, and grassy earth accented finish. Very traditional and table tuned in style. Try with rabbit stew and pasta. (tasted on Nov-25-2013)
92 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2013 Dry Rosé of Sangiovese, Alexander Valley $14. Best Buy.
Silvery pink color. Aromas of strawberries in cream and cherries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and zesty lemon spritzed melon accented finish. Very tasty, fruity, and refreshing for sipping or the table. (tasted on Mar-24-2014)
91 • Maryhill 2010 Proprietor's Reserve, Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $19.95.
Opaque with a cherry red rim. Aromas of cherry, plums, mushrooms and vanilla. Dusty tannins frame flavors of dried strawberries, plums, violet and red cherries. Robust and balanced. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
91 • Contemassi 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG $21.99.
Dark ruby color. Aromas of dried berries, custard, pecan pie, and clay with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy peppercorn, sour cherry, kiwi and earth accented finish with chewy tannins. A great, refreshing table wine. (tasted on Nov-25-2013)
90 • Maryhill 2010 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Deep ruby red. Aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, vanilla and lingonberry. Soft, but toothsome tannins with flavors of pomegranate, plums and lingonberry. Pure and direct sangiovese flavors that are very appealing and versatile. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
90 • Pianetta 2011 Sangiovese, Paso Robles $29.
Dark ruby color with a fading rim. Mild aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, pistachios, and dried cherries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, cedar and leafy earth finish with powdery tannins. A pure, nicely restrained sangiovese for the table. (tasted on Dec-09-2013)
90 • Biltmore Estate 2012 Sangiovese, American $18.99.
Garnet color. Aromas of boysenberry jam on toast and pepper dust with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy cherry, honeyed apple, and pencil shaving accented finish. Nice flavor and versatile style. (tasted on May-08-2014)
89 • Fratelli Saraceni 2012 Libero, Chianti DOCG $15.99. Best Buy.
Dark ruby color. Aromas of smoked cherries, honeycomb, chestnut brittle, and delicate herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried lavender, apple skin, lime, and earth nuanced finish. A rock solid Chianti that covers all the bases. (tasted on Dec-16-2013)
89 • Ledson 2011 Sangiovese, Knights Valley $40.
Ruby black color. Aromas of nut brittle, berry yogurt, dried flowers, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cocoa and dusty earth accented finish. stylish sangiovese for sipping or the table. (tasted on May-08-2014)
89 • Maryhill 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $9.95. Best Buy.
Salmon color. Aromas of wild strawberries and cherries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, simple, breezy, honeyed apple, earth, and orange finish with no oak. An attractive rosé sipper that is sure to please. (tasted on Aug-04-2014)
88 • Contemassi 2007 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG $44.99.
Dark ruby with a burnt sienna orange rim. Aromas of marinated olives, leather, oily nuts, and sundried tomatoes with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a grassy earth, cranberry chutney, and dusty, grippy tannin finish. A mature, brawny Brunello that is tailor made for meats and cheeses. (tasted on Nov-25-2013)
86 • Primosole Organic Vineyards 2012 Sangiovese, Marche $13.99. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes
Rubbery aromas lead with cherry scents coming in later with a hint of chestnuts. Rustic easy flavors follow with a simple lifted finish. Nice innate acidity for the table. (tasted on Oct-14-2013)
86 • Calini 2012 Chianti DOCG $12.99. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Aromas of craisins and balloons with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, blood orange sorbet and mineral finish with mild, chewy tannins. A tasty sipper or burger wine. (tasted on Mar-03-2014)
84 • Charleston Peak 2010 Sangiovese, Amador County $17.95.
Ruby color. Dried cherries, nuts, and leather with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lightly oxidized raisin, earth, and a dried apple finish. Serve with food. (tasted on May-08-2014)
84 • Calini NV Sangiovese Rubicone $6.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby garnet color. Aroma of smoked cherries and nuts and waxy honeycomb with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy cranberry compote and leafy earth accented finish. A solid spaghetti wine. (tasted on Jun-02-2014)