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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 • Tiziano 2009 Chianti Riserva DOCG $14.99. Best Buy.
Ruby with red brick rim. Aromas of nut brittle, dried cherry, olive, pepper, and clay with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy, berry, spice and roasted nut nuanced with chewy tannins. Pure and classic Chianti flavor, balance and style. A great value that will be awesome with food. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
91 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2012 Dry Rosé of Sangiovese, Alexander Valley $15. Best Buy.
Pale crimson silver color. Bright aromas of strawberries and vanilla yogurt nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, mineral, grass, and green apple accented finish. Delicious and exquisitely balanced for sipping or the table. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
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 • Ruffino 2011 Chianti Superiore DOCG $11.99. Best Buy.
Medium Garnet with violet rim. Aromas of red cherries, tar, vanilla bean and licorice. Crushed blackberries and boysenberries are framed with herbs de Provence and notes of roast coffee. Bright acidity and herbal savory notes balance the crushed berries to create a beautiful fruity/savory balance. Medium long Finish makes you want to go back for more. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
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 • Dellatorri 2012 Chianti DOCG $17.99.
Bright Crimson red. Aromas of ripe cherries, walnuts, cocoa and crushed blackberries. Sweet red cherries turn dry with firm tannins and well-balanced acidity on the palate. Medium long finish integrates notes of mocha, dried strawberries and cherries. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
88 • Maryhill 2012 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $9.95. Best Buy.
Silvery pink color. Aromas of yeasty berry pastry and nut brittle with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart poached apple, cherry and citrus accented finish. A nice dry, table rosé. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
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)
87 • Casa Catelli 2011 Chianti DOCG $14.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes
Deep Garnet with purple rim. Jammy fruit-packed aromas of black raspberries, ripe black plums and morello cherries coupled with chocolate, mint and mocha. Opulent fruit on the palate ends dry with a fairly short, tannin-forward finish. Bold fruit up front with medium acidity. Enough fruit tannin to cellar a couple more years and let the fruit flavors mellow and unfold into more complexity. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
86 • Tiziano 2011 Chianti DOCG $9.99. Best Buy.
Medium Garnet with brick rim. Aromas of red cherries, boysenberries, plums and granite. Firm tannins on the palate are well balanced with crushed berries and plums alongside a savory note of thyme and roast game bird. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
86 • Bella Sera 2010 Chianti DOCG $8.99. Best Buy.
Medium Garnet with ruby rim. Bright aromas of wild raspberries, strawberries and currants with black soil and vanilla. Tea notes and cranberries on the palate with hints of red cherries. Lean and svelte with excellent acidity. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
86 • Primosole Organic Vineyards 2012 Sangiovese, Marche $13.99. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
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)