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94 • Waving Tree 2008 Reserve, Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $20. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black color. Pure aromas of blueberry creme brulee, milk chocolate mousse, and clay with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a craisin, pistachio praline, and dusty spice finish. Nice balance, vibrancy and sense of place. (tasted on May-16-2011)
91 • Waving Tree 2008 Estate, Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $15. Best Buy.
Bright aromas of honeycomb, grilled pepper, watermelon sorbet, capers, and cherries with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty refreshing, Meyer lemon, peach, incense and spice accented finish. An excellent table wine. (tasted on May-16-2011)
90 • Lucchesi Vineyards 2006 Sangiovese, Sierra Foothills.
Dull garnet color. Forward aromas of raisin bran, cocoa butter, and cherry vinaigrette with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lively crunchy apple, prune and pomegranate molasses finish. A quirky, mature Old World style sangiovese that will work well at the table with duck dishes. (tasted on May-12-2011)
89 • Maryhill 2008 Proprietor's Reserve, Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $19.99.
Pleasing aromas of coconut custard, dried cherries, cedar and praline with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy cranberry, grape sorbet, and toasty nougat finish. (tasted on May-16-2011)
88 • Biltmore Estate NV Sangiovese, American $18.99.
Deep garnet purple color. Smoky roasted nut, cherry creme brulee and chocolate covered fig aromas with a vibrant fruity-yet-dry medium body and tart pomegranate, cedar, pepper and mossy limestone notes riding out the finish. Very nice purity and style. (tasted on May-16-2011)
87 • Ledson 2008 Sangiovese, Knights Valley $40.
Masculine aromas of chocolate, bacon and coffee with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy-yet-dry cherry, nut skin, and mossy oak tree accented finish with strong, polite tannin. Charming. (tasted on May-12-2011)
86 • Prospero 2008 Sangiovese, California $11.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of roasted Brazil nuts, coffee beans, dried meat and cherries with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body with pomegranate sorbet and beet notes on the finish. A tasty food affined wine; serve with meat and pasta dishes. (tasted on May-12-2011)
84 • Frey 2009 Organic, Sangiovese, Redwood Valley $14. Certified Organic
Deep ruby violet color. Bright aromas of cedar, grilled squash and cherry creme brulee with a supple dryish medium body and a tart, cranberry and dusty mineral finish with firm tannins. Serve with pot roasts. (tasted on May-12-2011)
81 • La Rocca 2007 Sangiovese, Sierra Foothills $18. Certified Organic-No Sulfites Added|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of cherry bubble gum and watermelon have a hint of lemon curd with a fruity medium body and a breezy toffee and tart pomegranate seed finish. (tasted on May-12-2011)