Blend Composition | 100% Sagrantino
Harvest Date | September 29
Finished pH | 3.85
Finished TA | 5.6 g/L
Alcohol by Volume | 14.5%
Production | 97 cases
The 2014 harvest got an early start due to warm and wet weather in February and March. Though the precipitation did nothing to ease our long-term fears regarding the water supply, it did allow the vines to get a healthy start to the season.
The rest of the season progressed dreamily, with few extremes of temperature. Harvest was on track to get an early start—and it did—but cool mornings in August slowed down ripening, giving the grapes more time to develop flavors.
Our Sagrantino was hand-picked and destemmed into a small open-top fermentor. The must was gently punched down throughout the 13-day maceration. The fermented wine went into once-used French oak barrels for 18 months maturation before bottling without fining or filtration.
Strikingly rich crimson in color, our Sagrantino offers enticingly exotic aromas. It comes across as mysterious, with hints of five-spice powder, alpine flowers, blood orange, and the blackest, inkiest fruits. It has a savory, umami character, but it is also bright and zesty. This is abig wine that nonetheless offers approachable tannins. The finish is long and worthy of contemplation. There is not need to wait to enjoy this wine, but it will continue to develop over the next 15-20 years.
This wine can be enjoyed on its own or with an assertive cheese such as gorgonzola. Enjoy with Umbrian style veal steak, lasagna with spinach and sage or pappardelle al sugo di cinghiale (wild boar).
- Matt Reid, Winemaker