This is a top-tier Washington Sangiovese, the tannins thick and textural, the strawberry fruit threaded with tobacco, the acids juicy and fresh. While you might wish for an alcohol reading a bit lower than the 15.9% that is listed, honesty is its own reward, and clearly this was not watered back. Sip gently, and enjoy.
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.