The expressions of Sangiovese

Rocca di Montegrossi, Chianti Classico DOCG, 2004 Screaming acidity and light body. 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo, aged in French oak for 12 months. Estate bottled in Gaiole 13.5% $22.99 at Traverso’s

Valdicava, Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2003 Appropriate earthiness and some richness in the mouth that balances Sangiovese’s acidity – very nice. The Winemaker Vincenzo Abbruzzese. Estate bottled in Montalcino 13.5% $33 at Traverso’s

Salvestrin, Napa Valley, Retaggio 2003 Loads of oak and very supple. This Super Tuscan blend features Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. P&B in St. Helena 14.6% $29.95 at Traverso’s Salvestrin

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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