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by Fred McMillin
for November 18, 1997

The Italian Connection

Prologue:

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.

The Wine:
1994 Sangiovese, Paso Robles, Estate Bottled
Arciero (ar-chee-air-oh) Winery
Paso Robles, CA
Contact—Renee Wiebe, (805) 239-2562
$14

Postscript: For more details about the Arciero Winery, see the Sept. 8, 1997 WineDay.


About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.


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