Appellation: Sonoma County
Vineyard: The Sangiovese comes from a small hillside vineyard located in Alexander Valley and is a blend of 3 different blocks.
Vintage: The year started off with heavy long winter and spring rains, impeding bud break a couple weeks. Once the sunny weather began the abundant water in the ground led to vigorous growth. A relatively cool late summer and early fall slowed ripening. The Sangiovese flavors benefited from the long cool hang time.
Composition: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Syrah
Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted, de-stemmed and transferred to 1-ton open bins where it underwent primary fermentation. The must was punched down by hand at least 2 times a day. The wine was aged in a mixture of neutral French and American oak barrels for 12 months. The Sangiovese was blended with 20% Syrah from Dry Creek Valley and was minimally filtered at bottling.
Tasting Notes: A deliciously elegant and subtle wine with aromas of fresh blackberries and dark cherries along with hints of violets, lavender and a bit of earth. Medium bodied on the palate with bright acidity beautifully balances fresh dark cherry, currant and blackberry flavors accompanied by hints of cloves and moderate tannins. Pairs well with hearty pastas and rich tomato sauces, pork, sausages osso bucco, braised guinea fowl, grilled t-bone steak, grilled chicken or rabbit. Think Tuscan foods