2007 Di Bruno, Sangiovese “Stolpman Vineyard’ Santa Ynez.
Don’t miss this lush and vibrant red from Bruno D’ Alfonso, former Sanford winemaker, from grapes that come from the famed Stolpman Vineyard, one of the best vineyards in California. D’ Alfonso has been doing small lots of artisan wines since 1995, and he now makes wine with his wife Kris Curran, the ex Sea Smoke winemaker, so you know he has a handle on some great fruit and this Sangiovese is a very pleasurable red that is also a super value. The 2007 Di Bruno, Sangiovese “Stolpman Vineyard” is full and plush with blackberry, cherry and strawberry fruit with a good juicy and plumy texture, while classic Sangiovese acidity keeps things fresh and lively. There are notes of sweet tobacco leaf, lavender and cedar shavings along with smooth oak notes, while ripe tannins add a nice dry finish. This wine is very interesting on it’s own, but will really come alive with food, try with BBQ, Pasta dishes and or lamb. While you’ll not think you are drinking Brunello, it is a great California expression of this classic Tuscan grape.
($25 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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