Pizza time

Isole e Olena Chianti Classico DOCG 2004
The previous vintage showed some herbaceousness and tannic grip, as well as cherry, fresh and evolving with complexing earthiness. Here again with the 2004 there is a rusticity and astringency. 85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 4-5% Syrah and other grapes. Estate bot in Barberino Val d’Elsa 13% $17.99 at Traverso’s

Montevina Amador County Terra d’Oro Sangiovese 2001
This is an older offering from one of the Gold Country’s Cal-Italia specialists. It’s showing quite well, with the smells of a cherry pie and a smooth mouthfeel. P&B Plymouth 13.5% The current vintage 2005 is $18 at the winery Montevina

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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