2010 Sangiovese

This month, we are exploring Sangiovese. Sangiovese wines offer a wide range of tastes from very earthy and rustic – to round and fruit-forward. Regardless of where it’s grown, it always exhibits cherry flavors with more subtle notes of tomato. We’ll be tasting from 7 selections from Italy. We also were privileged to taste a new San Francisco Bay Area winemaker, Phillip Cuadra’s, 2014 Albariño Rorick Vineyard Calaveras County (Highlawn Wine Company).

Flight: 2010 Sangiovese

2010 Sangiovese

Top Pick:
2010 Amantis “Birbanera” Montecucco
note: dark red, in color. black cherry, plum, spice, on the nose. plum, anise, cherry, spice, on the palate. medium plus acid, medium plus tannins, on the finish.

Competition:
2010 Casaloste Chianti Classico
2010 Soluve Chianti Classico Riserva
2010 Barone Ricasoli “Brolio” Chianti Classico
2010 Fattoria La Ripa Chianti Classico
2010 Scacciadiavoli Rosso di Montefalco
2010 La Monacesca “Camerte” Marche Rosso

Started the night with:
2014 Albariño Rorick Vineyard Calaveras County (Highlawn Wine Company)
2009 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay

Name that Red Varietal

This month we had one of our favorite tastings “Name that Red”, featuring the varieties: Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Carignane and Zinfandel. East Bench wins for the 2nd consecutive month, taking top honors in last month’s Zinfandel tasting.

Flight: Name that Red

Name that Red

Top Pick:
2012 Ridge Vineyards East Bench Dry Creek Zinfandel, $27 K&L
note: dark red, purple rim, in the color. plum, blueberry, earth, on the nose. cranberry, plum, spice, on the palate. medium-plus acid, soft tannins, on the finish.

Competition:
2010 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva, $28 K&L
2009 Qupé and Verdad Wines “Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard” Edna Valley Syrah, $30 K&L
2010 Kennan Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, $42 K&L
2013 Left Bend Santa Cruz Mountains Carignane, $30 Left Bend Store
2009 Remelluri Reserva Rioja, $26 K&L
2012 Luca Malbec Uco Valley Argentina, $30 K&L

Blind Tasting Practice:
2014 Nobilo Wines Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
2012 A Cote Santa Barbara Chardonnay
2013 King Estate Winery Oregon Pinot Gris

Pre Wine: New Release
2014 Left Bend Winery Cabernet Franc Rose

Post Wines:
2002 Ridge Vineyards Dynamite Hill Petite Sirah
1994 Ca’Togni Late Harvest Red Blend