We have been picking and processing madly trying to beat the rains that began falling yesterday. This morning it is pouring, and the storm could spell the end of harvest even though many grapes remain unpicked.
Here's a short note on another tasty North Berkeley selection to tide you over.
We recommend the 2006 Villa Ritina Sangiovese di Toscana ($15.75) for its complexity. This wine never stops changing in the glass, and it is pleasantly different with each sip. It first came across as an ultra-modern, super-ripe wine with a sweet fruit streak resembling cassis or blackberry syrup. Gradually the Sangiovese character began to emerge, with hints of cherries and leather.