Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines6% Sangiovese. A very fine bookend to the wine above, this rich and fruity effort mixes ripe, slightly dried blackberry tones with hints of jam, chocolate and a touch of a "roti" edge. Still, it is full and fleshy in feel and has the central fruit needed to keep its concentrated style afloat. Its evident tannins will easily support a few years of cellaring.
International Wine CellarRed-ruby. Spicy dark berries and a resiny nuance on the high-toned nose. Very sweet, creamy and exotic in the mouth, with flavors of dark berries and orange peel. Fat and stuffed with fruit. Long finish features dusty but sweet tannins. Also tasted: 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 2003 Syrah Napa Valley.