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2008 Sangiovese

Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

Vineyard: Mountain View Ranch - The grapes come from a vineyard on a southeast facing slope above the Dry Creek Valley at about 900 feet of elevation. The vines are approximately 15 years old.

Vintage: For a second straight year, rainfall has been less than average, combined with a severe heavy frost in March it affected the size of the vintage. The lower yield was reflected in the intensity of flavors developed in the grapes. The harvest was moderately early but the fruit came in at full physiological ripeness.

Composition: 100% Sangiovese

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, with minimal racking, in a mixture of primarily neutral French and American oak barrels for 18 months. A slight touch of new oak was used.

Tasting Notes: Medium red/garnet in color, this Sangiovese has aromas of blueberries, cherries, and raspberries with a hint of nutmeg, thyme and a bit of tar. Fresh bing cherries and blackberry fruit on the palate with bright acidity along with firm but moderate tannins balance this wine, making it a great food partner. Try with a margharita pizza, gnocchi with a rich tomato sauce or even thinly sliced Asian marinated pork on the grill.