Ferrari-Carano Siena Sonoma County 2008 Red Wine, $16.79 (I believe this was a NHLS power-buy)-$27.99, 92 points, has a ruby to Bordeaux red color, the nose is a lovely potpourri of sweet cooking spice and freshly turned earth.
Siena is largely Sangiovese and has a round mouth-feel, but kicks-in with ample acidity and lasting firm tannin. The near full body carries plenty of black fruit with some sweet plum, floral cherry, and coffee liqueur with just a hint of licorice. The finish is reflective of the palate, and is quite smooth, but with a touch of heat (13.7%) and chalkiness.
I believe this is the best Ferrari-Carano wine I've tasted, but keep in mind that many of the "Big" wine tasters weren't gaga over this wine, and with scores in the mid to high eighties, the Big guys weren't as impressed as me.
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