This intriguing Sangiovese introduces a mouth-watering fragrance of caramel and toasted espresso bean, accentuated by subtle notes of summer berries and lavender. The ripe fruit in the front of the palate is driven by bold black cherry notes balanced upon herbaceous traces of clove and mint leaf. The focused acidity of this wine brings an enjoyably tart pomegranate quality to its silky finish.
The 2017 growing season started with record-breaking rainfall refreshing our vineyards after several dry years. The mild spring led to a timely bud break and good fruit set, followed by cool mornings and warm, sunny days throughout the summer months. Our first grapes of the season were “blessed” on August 25, officially beginning the St. Francis harvest. A few days of intense heat at the beginning of September sped up ripening throughout the region. Well-timed picks throughout the month meant the majority of the fruit was in by the first week of October.
Sangiovese grows best in moderately warm climates, which is why this Sonoma Valley vineyard block has been the perfect match. Warm days with cool nights allow this varietal to have the long growing season it needs to soften tannins and acidity, as well as fully develop its characteristic strawberry notes. A naturally vigorous varietal, this Sangiovese block is dry farmed.
In the spirit of our Italian heritage, this 100% Sangiovese was made to reflect its traditional characteristics. Notoriously slow to ripen, the grapes were picked at the end of September and put into a combination of open-top & closed-top tanks to produce a better aroma and texture. Both tanks underwent a 3-day cold soak prior to inoculation, and slow 3-week fermentation at low temperatures. This wine was aged in 100% neutral bbls in order to preserve its natural fruit quality & freshness. Bottled 15 months after aging.