by Fred McMillin
for November 18, 1997
The Italian Connection
Most of the exciting California Sangiovese coming to market are from 1994, a fine vintage...adding to this excitement is the lack of a leading producer or dominant region.
...Norm Roby, "Smart Wine," April 1997
The Rest of the Story: They both came from Italy, the Sangiovese grape and the Arciero family. They have joined up on the winery's Brother's Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles. My tasters gave high marks to the resulting wine, and sure enough, it was a 1994! It's a pleasing red wine, ready to drink the day you buy it...medium body... black cherry...lovely with lamb and pork.
As Norm said, there's no dominate producer yet, but as far as my panel is concerned, Arciero is definitely in the hunt.
Postscript: For more details about the Arciero Winery, see the Sept. 8, 1997 WineDay.
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