Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mitchell Katz Sangiovese 2006 Crackerbox Vineyards

Sangiovese (the primary grape used in making Chianti) grown in this part of California (Livermore Valley) makes for an interesting variation on a theme. Mitchell Katz ages this 100% Sangiovese in French oak with an alcohol content of 15.4%. That sounds fairly high but hardly noticeable while tasting it. On the nose I get cherries, chocolate and a faint hint of rubber bands, but upon tasting there is an exotic spiciness with a black cherry finish. Overall the tannins are soft and luscious with a crisp acidity. SRP is $25.

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