Blend Composition | 100% Sagrantino
Harvest Date | September 29
Finished pH | 3.95
Finished TA | 5.20 g/L
Alcohol by Volume | 13.9%
Production | 80 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 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.
Deep red bordering on black, our Sagrantino offers beautifully integrated aromas of fruit and oak. Ripe raspberry notes accompany a savory, umami character with hints of sandalwood, teak and Chinese five-spice powder. The formidable tannins are silky smooth.
This wine would be complemented by Fettucine with porcini in a Gorgonzola-cream sauce, braised meats such as Osso Bucco, or a pastry dish such as Beef Wellington.
- Matt Reid, Winemaker