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Aug-Sept 2000

90 Turnbull Wine Cellars 1997, Oakville Napa Valley, Sangiovese
One of the best Sangioveses in California. In some respects it’s more like Barbera, with rich plummy fruit, soft tannins, superb depth and spice. Very nice.

88 Silverado Vineyards 1997, Napa Valley, Sangiovese
Zippy cranberry fruit and spice, lean, racy and long. A perfect match for marinara sauce.

87 Indian Springs Vineyards 1997, Nevada County, California, Sangiovese
Concentrated plums and cinnamon, light bittersweet chocolate, medium body and tannins. A good wine that’s a bit tight at the moment. It may well open up given another year or two in the bottle.

Dec-Jan 2001

91 Plauto 1998, Sangiovese di Romagna
Wow! An amazing Sangiovese from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Dry, complex and layered – multi-faceted cherry/cranberry fruit, leather and mineral notes, light tannin, and a long complex finish. Not just a good Sangiovese for the money, just a good Sangiovese, and an unbeatable value. Fabulous with roast beef.

88 Sobon Family Vineyards 1998, Amador County, Sangiovese
Similar to a Chianti with its ripe cranberry and cherry fruit, dry palate and firm tannins. The finish is warm and the slightly bitter finish should drop away with three to five years of additional bottle aging. Very promising.

87 Clos du Val 1998, Stags Leap District Napa Valley Tre Grazie, Sangiovese
Cherry-strawberry fruit with spice and light cocoa notes, subtle oak tones, moderate tannin, and crisp acidity, make this an ideal wine to drink with tomato sauced pasta, veal and pork.

85 Hogue 1998 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Walla Walla Washington Genesis, Sangiovese
A "Super Tuscan" blend of Sangiovese with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a leathery, smoky wine with light spice. Dark fruit supports it all.

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