Vineyards: 100% Benessere Estate
Blend Composition: 100% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Production: 500 cases
The 2014 harvest got an early start due to warm and wet weather in February and March. The wetness was a relief as we entered our third year of drought. Though the precipitation did nothing to ease our long-term fears regarding the water supply, it did fill the soil profile, allowing the vines to get a healthy start to the season. It also filled our irrigation pond to get us through to the end of 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.
We produce our Estate Sangiovese from a variety of clonal selections, enhancing the complexity of the finished wine. In the winery we handle the fruit gently, destemming without crushing the berries. We adjust our cap management techniques of punchdowns and pumpovers to get the desired structure and color without overextraction.
This wine is a brilliant, bright ruby color offering classic Sangiovese black cherry aromas with hints of espresso and spice. It is silky on the palate with strawberry, cherry, blackberry and cocoa flavors. The finish is bright, clean and refreshing, with a hint of spice. Enjoy now or cellar for 3 to 5 years for further complexity.
Enjoy with pasta with black olives and black trumpet mushrooms, a Portobello burger, or lasagna with spinach and salsiccia.