Whidbey Island Winery 2010 Sangiovese, Rattlesnake Hills, $20

By on March 2, 2013

Washington wineSangiovese has had a difficult time finding greatness outside of its native Tuscany, but Washington appears to be a region where it can do well by retaining its natural acidity and bright red-toned fruit. Puget Sound winemaker Greg Osenbach has crafted a superb example using grapes from highly regarded Elephant Mountain Vineyards, a high-elevation site in the northwestern Yakima Valley. This opens with classic aromas of sweet cherries and powdered cinnamon, followed by charming flavors that include strawberry jam and Rainier cherries, all backed with mouthwatering acidity. A perfect wine with lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs or a lean cut of meat.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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