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Edmunds St. John 1999 Sangiovese Matagrano (El Dorado) Served blind (by me), and while some of the early guesses are in the realm of grenache, eventually a few people close in on it, though no one guesses its California sangiovese. Charred strawberry and banana leaves turn seedy and dark, with blueberries and olive pits and a lot of amorphous tannin hanging around in the foreground. This would appear to be suffering from travel shock (it had been on a short plane ride earlier in the day), especially given the fine particulate matter suffusing the wine. (6/07)

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