Friday, October 24, 2008

Kestrel Estate Sangiovese 2003

Having recently tried this small Washington producer's Syrah and finding it quite exceptional, I decided to give another of their varietal offerings a try. This time I chose something not so well known in Washington - a Sangiovese from the Yakima Valley. At 13.8% alcohol, I found this surprisingly Italian in style with a barn-y, raspberry and burnt hay nose. A very lively wine, it was also stinky just like a Chianti Classico. In the end, this was perhaps too simple for the price, but it was well made and had terrific structure. Plus, I would definitely mistake this for a Tuscan wine in a blind tasting - which is pretty cool in itself.

Very Good
$36 at Everything Wine


Joe said...

kinda neat to see a New World sangiovese honor the old world, but you are correct - that is a serious price point.

Shea said...

Very true. However, at the $20-$25 you would pay in the US, this may be worth a shot.