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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 • 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)
91 • Maryhill 2011 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Ruby medium color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry, plum, grilled orange, and toasty vanilla with a satiny, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish with shades of boysenberry, raspberry, and baking spice with dusty tannins and moderate oak. Classic Sangiovese cherry and berry notes come thru the nose, palate and finish along with generous vanilla and baking spice packed new oak. (tasted on Aug-28-2014)
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)
90 • August Ridge 2009 Estate, Sangiovese, Paso Robles $25.
Dark brick red color. Bright aromas of tomato paste, cherry compote, floral honeycomb, and cocoa with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, breezy craisin, chestnuts, earth, and tomato finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A spot on sangiovese with lots of savory Old World character and charm. (tasted on Sep-29-2014)
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)
89 • Maryhill 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $9.95. Best Buy.
Silver salmon pink color. Bright aromas of strawberries with balsamic, nut, and berry yogurt with a silky, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length honeyed cherry, blood orange, and mineral finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delectable and appetizing dry rosé that is sure to please. (tasted on Aug-26-2014)
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)
88 • deLorimier 2012 Keeper Vineyard, Sangiovese, Alexander Valley $34.
Dark ruby violet black color. Aromas and flavors of almond nougat, vanilla cupcake, and berry tart with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of nut brittle with crunchy tannins and light oak. A rock solid, age-worthy sangiovese for all occasions. (tasted on Sep-29-2014)
88 • Wise Villa 2012 Sangiovese, Sierra Foothills $34.47.
Dark ruby blue violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry pie and delicate spice with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-length finish with nuances of sweet cream, nougat, earthy nuts, and reduced lemon with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A solid sangiovese for sipping or the table. (tasted on Sep-29-2014)
87 • Casa Catelli 2013 Chianti DOCG $14.99. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes
Garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry, sugar plums, and cinnamon with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of vanilla and apple skin with chewy tannins and light oak. Taught tannins and crisp acid give excellent structure to this Chianti which screams for red sauced dishes. (tasted on Aug-27-2014)
87 • Bar Z 2007 Martin Vineyards, Sangiovese, Texas High Plains $28.
Dark brick red mahogany color. Herbal earthy aromas of tomato on the vine, chestnut honey, and dried cherries with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, breezy pomegranate and pickled beets and tomatoes finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice, rustic savory table wine. (tasted on Sep-29-2014)
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)
86 • Cardella 2012 Fattoria Cardella, Vineyard 22, Sangiovese, California $18.
Ruby dark color. Smoky aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry, vanilla, and cedar with a velvety, soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting medium-length finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Slightly rustic, this Sangiovese delivers generous amounts of new oak along with dark, dense fruits. (tasted on Aug-28-2014)
85 • Ruffino 2012 Chianti DOCG $9.99.
Ruby color. Bright aromas and flavors of cherry, boysenberry, vanilla, and plum with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of cranberry with medium tannins and light oak. This pleasantly tart Chianti is a perfect go to wine for classic Italian fare at the dinner table. (tasted on Aug-27-2014)
84 • Charleston Peak 2010 Sangiovese, Amador County $17.95.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
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)