Wow, this is one mighty dark and smoky Sangiovese. It's got the acidity and some of the cut tobacco qualities of Italian Sangio, but at almost 15% alcohol it's definitely ramped up to New World color and concentration. The fruit sources—Elerding and Boushey—are impeccable. A little less ripeness and barrel might restore some of the missing nuances.
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.