2017 Riserva Sangiovese
Blend Composition | 100% Sangiovese
Harvest Date | September 18
Finished pH | 3.87
Finished TA | 5.6 g/L
Alcohol by Volume | 14.5%
Production | 67 cases
We had a wet start to 2017, so welcome after 5 years of drought. The bulk of the rain fell in January and February but rains continued into April, ensuring that the vines would have ample water throughout the growing season. The harvest started more or less on time with average to slightly low yields. What started in water ended in fire. Fortunately we had harvested most of our fruit before the October fires. We did not use any fruit harvested after the fires.
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.
This richly colored wine displays a quiet intensity and great depth. Bing cherry aromas accompany a savory core with notes of dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. The silky tannings have plenty of grip, and the wine has the texture of molten chocolate. This is one for the ages that will reward will patient cellaring.
Pair with a grilled chop with a dry rub of cocoa powder and ancho chile, grilled duck breast with a tart cherry compote, or even a bittersweet flourless chocolate cake with whipped cream.
- Matt Reid, Winemaker