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Mannina Cellars 2006 Sangiovese Walla Walla Valley


This Washington sangiovese was a clear, dark purple in the glass, delivering notes of cherry and other red berry fruit with an ever-so-slight hint of oak. On the palate, the Mannina Cellars 2006 Sangiovese Walla Walla Valley (13.6%) offered cherry fruit forward flavors with well integrated acidity and tannins leading to a nice, velvety finish. This was a very nice, food friendly wine.

The Mannina sangiovese is comprised of 89% sangiovese combined with 8% merlot, 2% cab, and 1% syrah. We paired it with a traditional Pasta Bolognese that Kari crafted, combining beef, veal, pork, and pancetta, ground together and then slow cooked over the stove top. A baked loaf of Essential olive bread and a fresh Frisse salad with blood oranges completed our dinner.

The Mannina Cellars 2006 Sangiovese ($22) is a wine I want to have again with our next Italian meal. I believe sangiovese is one of Washington's up-and-coming varietals, but unfortunately far too many winemakers craft it in an over-ripe, over-alcohol, over-oaked style.

Not the folks at Mannina, for it's clear they have approached their winemaking with a focus on allowing the fruit to express itself with minimal intervention. I'm hooked on this wine and will definitely get more.

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It's a favorite of mine, so if you want it you better grab it fast. I just visited with Don Redman last week, winemaker and owner of Mannina and he said he is just about out of the 2006. The good news is the 2007 Sangiovese will be released in May.

Thanks Catie for the heads up. If I don't get more of the '06, then I have a good reason to visit Walla Walla on spring release weekend in early May. :-)

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