Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma
Vineyard: Mountain View Ranch – The grapes come from a sustainable grown vineyard on a southeast facing slope above the Dry Creek Valley at about 900 feet elevation. The vines are approximately 15 years old.
Vintage: 2009 was an excellent growing year in Sonoma. Long days of sunshine, cool foggy mornings and chilly nights were perfect growing conditions for grapes. July and August were slightly cooler than normal; some growers were worried about achieving ripeness, and then came a warm spell in September that dissipated all fears. What would have been a perfect year was marred only by an October thunderstorm.
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 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 fresh cherries and raspberries with hints of dried herbs, cloves and lavender. Cherries, raspberries and currants 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 gorgonzola cream sauce or a grilled ribeye.