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  • Vintage
  • Varietal
    Sangiovese & Other Reds
  • Barrel Aging
    21 months bottled May, 2012
  • Cooperage
    100% neutral French oak
  • Production
    72 cases
  • Composition
    100% Sangiovese

2010 Sangiovese - Mesa Del Sol Vineyard


Prior to 2006, these Sangiovese grapes at Mesa Del Sol Vineyard were reserved for another winery, and although we were buying their Syrah, we never had cause to give them much thought. However, as the previous buyer’s relationship waned and ours grew, the vineyard owner came to ask if we would like to take the fruit.


The experience has been interesting. When first picked and fermented, Sangiovese shows loads of tannin and acidity, and almost no fruit. Picking at higher “ripeness” or using new oak to “advance” the process just undermines the result – the process simply cannot be rushed. In a way, it is an act of faith to pick the fruit properly (when it seems under ripe), put it away for a year in neutral cooperage, and let it gradually evolve. Even then, it takes at least eight more months of aging, plus a year of bottle age to begin to unfold.

The 2009 Sangiovese, our third effort with this challenging grape, is a dead ringer for a fine Chianti Riserva, with character and refinement that is not often found in a California Sangiovese. All of the fruit for this wine was grown organically, and it was bottled without fining or filtration.

Its primary aromas and flavors are of cherry, interwoven with gentle tones of leather and herbs. The initial texture and flavor impression is relatively bright and fruity, tapering as the supporting tannins work their way in. There is a broader flourish of flavor at the finish as well, indicating the wine will gain complexity and show more depth if properly cellared over the next several years.