2016 Sangiovese Riserva
Blend Composition | 100% Sangiovese
Harvest Date | September 12 and 22
Finished pH | 3.78
Finished TA | 5.8 g/L
Alcohol by Volume | 14.0%
Production | 60 cases
Despite the ongoing statewide drought, Napa Valley received close to average rainfall in 2015-16. More than 12” fell in March 2016, ensuring that the vines had ample water as they emerged from dormancy. The growing season was considerably cooler than in the previous two vintages, allowing us to harvest beautifully ripened grapes at the end of a long growing season.
Our Sangiovese Riserva is selected from our finest barrels and only in outstanding vintages. A wine of great depth and concentration - true to both its Italian heritage and its Napa Valley terroir.
Made with 50% of the Brunellone clone and 50% of the Col D’Orcia clone, the grapes are hand-picked and gently sorted before destemming without crushing the berries. We adjust our cap management techniques—punchdowns and pumpovers—to get the desired structure and color without overextraction. It then gets extended barrel aging in French oak.
Intensely colored and vibrant, this wine is bursting with wonderful aromas of black cherry and plum and are supported by notes of espresso grounds, cigar box, cedar, tobacco and mocha. These dark notes belie the bright and lively nature of the wine. A wine of great depth and concentration, this wine is richly textured, with silky and satiny but grippy tannins that promise a long life for this wine.
Enjoy with a double-cut pork chop, a thick steak, or your favorite Italian style pizza.
- Matt Reid, Winemaker
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