This is 78% Sangiovese; the rest a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Delicious, round, warm, soft and nicely touched with leafy, herbal, tobacco-flavored fruit. Unlike most domestic Sangiovese, this very much recalls the soft, leafy flavors of Chianti. The finish has just a bit more heat and tannin, but compensates with distinctly varietal flavors.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.