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A fine California Sangiovese

Postby Brian K Miller » Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:39 pm

2011 Fields Family Lodi Sangiovese.

Pleasant red fruit with fine grained tannins and some nice structure. Good acidity without being shrill in any way. Very nice wine!
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Re: A fine California Sangiovese

Postby John Treder » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:00 am

I've had only a few Fields Family wines. They've been good, IMO. Better than the run of Lodi.
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Re: A fine California Sangiovese

Postby Bill Spohn » Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:21 pm

I've never found a California Sangio I loved although I've tasted some I didn't hate (e.g. Atlas Peak). The only thing I avoid with even more fervour is CA Nebbiolo - unremitting crapola in my experience. Glad to see you found a good one.

BTW, my measure of quality is based on cost and taste. If it costs twice as much as a Chianti that tastes better than it does, then the CA wine has no reason for being. If it is just as good and the same price, I'd consider it.
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Re: A fine California Sangiovese

Postby Hoke » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:07 pm

Bill Spohn wrote:I've never found a California Sangio I loved although I've tasted some I didn't hate (e.g. Atlas Peak). The only thing I avoid with even more fervour is CA Nebbiolo - unremitting crapola in my experience. Glad to see you found a good one.

BTW, my measure of quality is based on cost and taste. If it costs twice as much as a Chianti that tastes better than it does, then the CA wine has no reason for being. If it is just as good and the same price, I'd consider it.


The best thing they did with Atlas Peak Sangiovese was blend it with Cabernet Sauvignon, Bill.

CA Sangiovese in general is really, really good for rose', and makes a lovely additive variety for Blanc de Noirs Sparkling as well.
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Re: A fine California Sangiovese

Postby Bill Spohn » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:29 pm

Hoke wrote:The best thing they did with Atlas Peak Sangiovese was blend it with Cabernet Sauvignon, Bill.



Oops - just noticed a couple of bottles of Atlas Consenso in the cellar - time to drink!
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Re: A fine California Sangiovese

Postby Brian K Miller » Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:33 am

Bill Spohn wrote:I've never found a California Sangio I loved although I've tasted some I didn't hate (e.g. Atlas Peak). The only thing I avoid with even more fervour is CA Nebbiolo - unremitting crapola in my experience. Glad to see you found a good one.

BTW, my measure of quality is based on cost and taste. If it costs twice as much as a Chianti that tastes better than it does, then the CA wine has no reason for being. If it is just as good and the same price, I'd consider it.


That's been my general experience as well, Bill.

Fields wines are pretty reasonably priced. Not sure it would meet the "as cheap as cheap Chianti" rule.

Da Rosa in Dry Creek makes an "OK" Sangiovese, but when they blend it with Sangratino (yes, Sangratino!) it makes an impressive and delicious wine. This may be heresy, even, but I prefer it to most of the Umbrian versions I have had! :shock:

Luna's "Reserve" Sangiovese bottling was pretty good. They also charged $50 for it. :? The regular bottling takes like liquefied candy red hots, if I recall. :?
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