Grown at 1450’ elevation on red, obsidian-strewn soil resulting from Mt. Konocti’s volcanic upheaval, our Sangiovese combines 5 clones in a focused package that reflects our region while respecting it’s Italian heritage.
Awarded "Best Everday Wine" by Slow Wine 2020
Tasting notes: Red-fruit focused with vivid cherry, a bit of floral, and a touch of roasted herbs. Medium acidity and fine-grained tannins are present. High-strung, as it should be, with good minerality. Medium body but with Sangiovese's characteristic stoutness that feels sturdy with bright fruit up front but certainly built to age. Some stem inclusion bridges into earth and spice aspects.
Vineyard: Clones include Brunello 06 and Biondi-Santi, Prugnolo Gentile, and Romagnolo VCR 23 on 1103 and 110 roots. Planted in 2010-13 on bilateral cordon utilizing “California sprawl” trellising and varying between north/south and east/west row orientations. Nearly dry farmed. No pesticides or herbicides. Hand harvested, hand everything.
Winemaking: All clones hand harvested separately and fermented separately, ranging from 10-24 days. Varying degrees of stem inclusion and different temperature goals. Wood-basket pressed. No sulfur added for one year, no racking until bottling 23 months later. Unfined, unfiltered. 240 cases produced.