Wine – 2005 Russell Creek Sangiovese, Columbia Valley

05032007.jpgI’ll say it straight up: I loved this wine. It may not be for everyone, but my taste buds tell me that Larry Krivoshein has made a heckuva’ Sangiovese. It was the best one we tasted on our trip through Walla Walla and Oregon.

I picked it up at the Russell Creek Winery after we had chatted with Larry for quite a while about the wines, the grapes and his winemaking philosophy. He uses only new oak (he says it allows him to make the wine he wants to make) and definitely does things his way. I like that… and I really liked his wines – along with the Sangiovese, I picked up a 2003 Winemakers Select Cabernet Sauvignon.

The wine is a beautiful black/purple colour. the nose is INTENSE – showing syrupy ripe raspberry, blackberry and dark plum. It has a strong vanilla edge from the oak, but it blends incredibly well with the dark and ripe fruit…

A big sip shows a mouth-filling bunch of vanilla-dipped ripe dark fruit. There’s a handful of dark cherries, a scoop of raspberries and a big slice of dark plum… so good. The flavours actually build in the mouth through the long, delicious finish.

Fantastic stuff.

$28 USD at the winery.

4 1/2 stars

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