NEWSLETTER 50.5

NEWSLETTER  50½

2012 MAGNUMS  //  2013 SEGROMIGNO  //  LACRIMA  //  PORT

 

If 2012 was the vintage of “power,” 2013 is one of “precision.” Our 2013 Segromigno speaks well to this Chris Farley-like analysis. **

2013 is the first of three drought vintages, all of which are excellent. The growing season was not as cool as 2012, nor was the crop as abundant. That said, 2013 crop levels were heavier than 2014 and 2015. Dry and moderate weather resulted in wines with bright aromas and slightly higher levels of acidity than in 2012.

2013 SEGROMIGNO            

This 2013 Segromigno really expresses this point. Floral, spicy, bright cherry aromas of Sangiovese are complemented by the earthy shades from Montepulciano. It demonstrates how Segromigno has been evolving towards the style of a vineyard designate Chianti, which is just fine with me. When Chianti is done right, it is still one of my favorite wines to drink, anytime.

This 2013 Segromigno includes a block of our young vine Sangiovese planted on a low vigor root-stock called 420-A. This block is supplying some of our most expressive and structured Sangiovese. As such, this is another step towards making a more complex rendition of Segromigno.

$28 BTL / $22.40 AS PART OF A MIXED CASE / 1550 CASES PRODUCED

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2012 MAGNUMS                                                                       

This is your last chance to experience the magnificent 2012 vintage, in our favorite size…magnums! We still have limited supplies of the following wines in magnums:   2012 Sangiovese  //  2012 Cuvée Foudre  //  2012 Syrah  // 2012 Montepulciano  //  2012 Benchland Syrah 

If you have read any of my over-hyped descriptions of these wines (and who could blame you if you haven’t) you know they are special.  An UNTI Mag would make a great gift, or in the event you bring one to a family holiday gathering, a 1.5 liter gives you a greater chance of getting a few glasses in before your buzzed uncle helps himself to a 20 ounce pour. If you have any desire to test our best wines’ ability to age, this is the perfect vintage/bottle size storm.

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LACRIMA                                 

Now for something completely different… Lacrima.   In 2009, we planted Lacrima, an obscure red variety from Morro d’Alba, a province located in Italy’s Marche region. Those of you not-quite-right-in-the-head wine enthusiasts, like my dad and Kevin Wardell owner of Healdsburg’s Bergamot Alley wine bar, are probably familiar with Lacrima. For the other 99% of the wine consuming public, I’ll offer some info.

Lacrima is one of the most aromatic red wines you will ever experience. Floral aromas of roses and bergamot will have you smelling this wine all night long. It is dark and fruity with a slight bit of a tannic finish. Like most of the Lacrimas from Morro d’Alba this wine is 100% varietal.

Our Lacrima is a blend from 2012, 2013 and 2014. We only have about 180 vines and they are in varying states of health, so we haven’t been able to make much wine in any single vintage. Similar to Verdicchio, our Lacrima is still a work in progress.   But this wine definitely shows the obvious Lacrima aroma and vibrant flavors.

$ 22  BTL / $17.60  AS PART OF A MIXED CASE / 85 CASES PRODUCED

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PORT                                           

Similar to our previous Port bottling, this Barbera Port is a result of having too many dried bunches.  As I have probably mentioned before, when you see us make Port, you know we are improvising.

This wine is from both 2012 and 2013, and has a bit more structure than our last effort, making it closer to a Vintage Port. Barbera is unique in a dessert wine because of its undeniable acidity. Such is the case with this rendition. (500 ml.)

For those of you who have been waiting, here is your chance.

$20  BTL / $16  AS PART OF A MIXED CASE / 57 CASES PRODUCED

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** I fondly remember Chris Farley’s Bennet Brauer character,:  Maybe I don’t “brush my teeth” or “change my underwear everyday.”