On the nose, gentle oak influences weave through the red-fruit aromas, imparting nuances of vanilla and baking spice to dark plum, cherry and cassis. Full bodied and smooth, the palate carries layers of juicy black currants and red stone-fruit draped in a light blanket of fine tannins. The intensity of fruit persists through the finish, leaving a juicy impression in the mouth.
Italian in origin, Sangiovese has found a footing in California, where the warm sun can coax forward its ripe fruit flavors and soften any harsh tannins. A majority of our fruit comes from Solari Vineyard, located at the northern tip of the Napa Valley. Stunningly beautiful and serene, this dry-farmed vineyard is diligently managed by Bruno Solari, who carefully tends the vines, controlling yields and producing stellar fruit year after year. The warm days and cool nights of this region allow the fruit to ripen to full maturity, producing vibrant, well-balanced fruit.
The 2015 growing season was marked by pleasant weather with little pressure from heat spikes or unseasonable rain. A dry winter was quickly followed by an equally dry spring, leading to an early bud break. Warm weather continued throughout late spring and summer, allowing for the steady development of flavors. The overall quality, complexity and balance in the vines produced exceptional fruit. The impact of the continuing drought was evident in slightly lighter crop loads, but the reduction in size was offset by an increase in quality as vineyard crews carefully selected fruit at harvest, allowing for only the finest to be chosen for this special bottling.
Our Sangiovese gives you a glimpse of two worlds in one glass: an expressive, ancient varietal character combined with the influence of New World practices. The grapes were hand harvested at the peak of maturity, then placed in a cold soak to gently extract subtle nuances of aromas and flavors. During fermentation, we utilized rotary fermentors for a majority of the wine, which reduced its exposure to oxygen and preserved the fruit expression. The wine was aged for 18 months in a combination of oak barrels, lending structure, roundness and hint of barrel spices.