Acorn Alegria Vineyards Russian River Valley 2006 Sangiovese, $20.39-$35.99, 90 points, begins pomegranate red with a clear surface rim.
The wax and caramel aroma with hints of fresh sod and alcohol (14.1%) is subtle, but good.
Medium bodied with high acidity and moderate tannin makes for perfect pairing of spicy food, saucy meals, or red meat cuisine; I found it went well with Mexican pizza, but others were not so pleased with its food friendliness.
Heat, spice, and a hint of wood wrap-up a fair whisky-like finish.
Traditionalists may poo-poo this effort, but I'm not one of them, and though not up to the complexity, texture, or sophistication of a Brunello, in its own way meets and surpasses the quality of many Chianti wines I've had.
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