Pope Valley Sangiovese 2006
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Editorial Reviews for Pope Valley Sangiovese
A bit of sulfur needs to resolve here but under that there are ample wood tones of butter, cinnamon sugar, burnt marshmallow, vanilla, mace and all-spice yet the rather intense fruit notes seem to balance these pretty well. There are hints of cured pork fat, tea, figs, floral, apricot, and tobacco that emerge with time. A whip of acid cuts through the round, fleshy feel in the mouth and the tannins build quite quickly but the black raspberry, mulberry and boysenberry flavors are deep and solid. This turns more black cherries on backend and finishes with fresh pomegranate, spice, and berry fruits that yield the stage back to the sweet wood tones on the finale. This is fun and fresh with good complexity coupled with a really attractive mouthfeel. It is certainly not Chianti and may lack some Sangiovese typicity but it’s pretty darn good in a big, spiced, modern idiom. 90pts
Hot and spicy nose with a slight wooly gaminess. Lush and complex with an extremely buttery mouthfeel balanced by a nice zing and abundance of fruit. Absolutely love this.
Sour cherry, Cedar and sweet vanilla on the nose. Flavors of toasty blackberry jam and licorice. This had to be from california. Tasted like a super modern dolcetto. Good but quickly tiring.
Modest and well balanced, strawberries and peppercorns hand in hand
Marashino cherry on the nose. Buttery, rich and very nice. Good balance, bit of a sugary sweet finish, but a very nice wine. There's a brooding undertone of fungal and acetone, which helps keeps this baby in check.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Pope Valley Sangiovese
Our Sangiovese vines thrive in the warm Pope Valley sun producing rich and flavorful fruit. Prior to fermentation some of the juice was drained from the tank (a process called “Saignée”) to create our Bella Rosa. This process not only yields a beautiful rosé, but it helps to concentrate the remainder of the wine. After 12 months in French oak barrels our Sangiovese exhibits all the complex flavors this varietal has to offer.
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