Winery - Fratelli Perata Winery
Location - Paso Robles, California
Wine - Fratelli Perata 2004 Paso Robles Sangiovese
Grape Varieties - Sangiovese
Appellation - Paso Robles
Alcohol - 13.7% v/v
Price -$35 USD
Nose/Aroma - Nutmeg and cedar.
Palate/Flavors - Ripe cherries and currants, oak, and coffee. Med-high acid, soft phenolics, slightly chalky texture.
Style - Quite a bit heavier than a Chianti. Italian with that California twist.
Food Pairing - Italian sausage soup, flavor it with a little bit of wine (a basic red cooking wine should suffice, this stuff is too good to spare!)
Comments - I think Sangiovese does well in Paso, and it seems like it's beginning to get a bit more attention there. The Peratas do a great job producing their limited production wines, pretty much all of which need some time to mellow out.