Blend Composition | 40% Sangiovese, 40% Merlot, 10% Montepulciano, and 10% Syrah
Appellation | Estate St. Helena Vineyard
Harvest Date | September 18 & 30 and October 24
Finished pH | 3.88
Finished TA | 5.5 g/L
Alcohol by Volume | 13.8%
Production | 123 cases
The 2019 growing season was a roller coaster that kept us on our toes, but resulted in beautiful wines. Spring precipitation persisted through bloom and berry set, but the weather had little impact on our yields. As summer progressed, our typical heat spikes failed to appear, allowing berry flavors to develop slowly, and leading to one of our longest harvests on record. We picked at optimal ripeness and are thrilled with our young wines.
Sorridente means “smiling” and that is what we do while assembling this blend. Once the component wines have settled in the cellar to reveal their character, we select the brightest, cheeriest barrels from each lot and make many trial blends until we find the one that will leave a smile on your face.
Dangerously gulpable, the 2020 Sorridente is sure to leave you smiling. This wine is the debut of our estate-grown Montepulciano. Although it constitutes a mere 10% of the blend, the Montepulciano brings an earthy richness and a hint of sage, anchoring the soaring fruit notes from the Sangiovese, Merlot, and Syrah. Playful and fun, the wine does have a serious side and a long, cherry-infused finish.
Pair with chicken scallopine with sage and fontina cheese or fettucine al pesto.