2018 Montepulciano-Sangiovese

2018 Montepulciano-Sangiovese
Dry Creek Valley

750 ML - $45.00

Inspired by the great Tuscan wines, our offering melds the elegance and beautiful high-toned fruit of Sangiovese with the brooding dark fruit and rustic charm of Montepulciano while showcasing the dramatic influence of our Dry Creek Valley home.

Winemaking Notes
Handpicked in early morning, the fruit is gently destemmed (no crushing) and transferred to small open-top fermenters. Fermentation commenced naturally after 3-5 days of cool soaking followed by gentle, manual punchdowns 2-4 times a day. Basket pressing followed on all lots with primary and malolactic fermentation finishing in French oak barrels. Our goal with this wine is not to imitate an amazing Chianti Classico but to accentuate how
beautifully the fruit behaves in the Dry Creek Valley region with our dry climate, hilly terrain, and coastal breezes.

The Wine
This is a wine one can easily enjoy on its own. Medium ruby in color, a medley of red/dark
fruit explodes with each delightful sip. The clonal combination of Sangiovese Grosso and
Montepulciano #10 results in flavors of blueberry, raspberry, fresh currant, and a toasty
nuttiness accented with thyme and marjoram. All of this is highlighted by a refreshing bright
acidity. Smooth tannins lead to a lovely leather-tinged finish. Like a velvet glove, this wine is
strong and plush with a firm grip. It will hold well through 2028-2029. This wine would be an amazing accompaniment to medium-rare ribeye, braised short ribs, or Pasta Bolognese. For cheese lovers, we suggest aged Pecorino or Parmigiano-Reggiano.

334 cases

Technical Notes
APPELLATION Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
VINEYARDS 30% Wine Creek Ranch CCOF-certified, 70% Mountain View Ranch
COMPOSITION 30% Montepulicano,70% Sangiovese

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