Upfront cherry liqueur is kind of a given with sangiovese. What I want, in addition, from this site is an iron mineral tang and some grip that calls to mind the granite that makes up this vineyard.
John Gilman, View from the Cellar, 1.11.23, 92 pts -- "Stewart Johnson consistently makes one of my favorite examples of sangiovese in California and his 2020 version is another lovely wine. Stewart used one hundred percent whole clusters this year for this wine and raised it in only fourteen percent new oak during its elevage. The wine offers up a youthful and complex nose of cherries, orange peel, a lovely base of soil, sweet stem tones, bonfire, a touch of fresh oregano and a discreet framing of cedar. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and beautifully transparent in personality, with a good core of red fruit, tangy acids, ripe tannins and lovely length and grip on the well-balanced and youthful finish. This will need some time in the cellar to blossom, but it will be a lovely drink once it is ready to go."
Alder Yarrow, Vinography, 3.5.23, 9/10 pts --"... his Sangiovese is frankly unbeatable for its true varietal expression of the grape, something very few people manage to achieve in California. 2020 Kendric Vineyards “Reward Ranch” Sangiovese, Shenandoah Valley of California, Sierra Foothills, California Light to medium ruby in color, this wine smells of cherry, licorice, and earth. In the mouth, bright cherry, sawdust, citrus peel, and earth flavors have a wonderful brightness and a powdery tannic texture. Excellent acidity and freshness, making for a wonderfully drinkable wine. Few people are making Sangiovese anywhere near this good in California. 13.6% alcohol."
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