2010 Sagrantino 1.5L
Vineyard: St. Helena Estate
Blend Composition: 100% Sagrantino
Finished pH: 3.8
Finished TA: 4.9 g/L
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9 %
Production: 12 bottles
Traditionally found in the Umbria region of Italy, this crimson wine is redolent of black currant with a hints of violet, cedar and sage on the nose. It is long and smooth on the palate, with hearty tannins that provide a long finish.
This Napa Valley grown and crafted Sagrantino would fare well with typical anti pasta meats and cheeses but will stand up nicely to a thick-cut, grilled steak.
Cool temperatures in 2010 led to a long growing season. A post-verasion heat spike briefly accelerated ripening before cooler than normal temperatures returned, allowing the grapes to ripen at their leisure. Sagrantino is always a late ripener and in 2010 it was again one of the last varietals to come into the winery.
Our Sagrantino was hand-picked and destemmed into a small open-top fermentor. The must was gently punched down throughout the 27-day maceration. The fermented wine went into new and once-used French oak barrels for 24 months maturation before bottling without fining or filtration.
This crimson wine is redolent of black currant with a hints of violet, cedar and sage on the nose. It is long and smooth on the palate, with hearty tannins that provide a long finish.