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Our 2018 Montepulciano has expressive aromas of blackberry, blueberry cassis and semi-sweet chocolate. It is much more aromatic than you would expect from Montepulciano. Dark and full- bodied, this '18 MP has the tannin structure we expect in the most prestigious wines in Le Marche and Abruzzo. Our cool nights provide a little more acidity, making it a great wine with food. Don't let the fruit fool you. This wine will age gracefully over the next 5 to 8 years. Bring on Abruzzo's finest pasta!
425 cases produced
This 2018 Grenache is a perfect example of what crop-thinning, combined with a great vintage, can do for this variety. Reminiscent of our stunning 2007 Grenache, this vintage is equally dark and concentrated. Intense aromas of pepper, raspberry, cherry, blackberry, tar, licorice, and dried herbs (enough with the descriptors!) are followed by a lush but firmly structured wine, balanced by nice acidity. While expressive and fruity, our 2018 Grenache has a sneaky tannin structure, which will allow it to improve over the next 3 to 5 years.
475 cases produced
Cuvée Foudre is our attempt at making a Rhône-blend worthy of the best Châteaunef-du-Papes. Not surprisingly, it has been our most critically-acclaimed wine. The Grenache Alban clone is always our most expressive, while the Mourvedre and Syrah play key roles in giving this wine complexity (raspberry/cherry, pepper, licorice, tar) and tannin structure. Like all of our 2018 wines, this Cuvée Foudre has a brighter fruit component to go along with the depth and richness you've come to expect from one of our best wines. And yes, this wine will age well over the next 6 to 10 years.
258 cases produced
Our 2018 Syrah is our version of a super-charged Saint Joseph from the Northern Rhone. Deep color, intense violet, blackberry and blueberry aromas are followed by a juicy but structured Syrah. While this wine has more finesse than the Benchland Syrah, it has the tannin to age well over the next 5 to 8 years.
470 cases produced
Each year that goes by, we are more impressed with the Sangiovese from this vineyard block. The wine shows classic Southern Tuscany character- deep cherry, dried herbs with a solid tannin structure. While our 2019 is a full-bodied style of Sangiovese, it has enough fruit to be enjoyed young. In Montalcino terms, our 2019 Sangiovese has the fruit of a Rosso di Montalcino with some of the tannin structure of a Brunello. It is already showing well but will definitely improve over the next 3 to 6 years.
149 cases produced
Planted in 1991, our Benchland Syrah is now one of, if not THE oldest Syrah vineyard in Sonoma County. As such, the vines are slowing down in a good way-meaning the crop level balanced with its root development, resulting in consistent high-quality fruit. Combined with an even ripening vintage like 2018, you have one of the best wines from this vineyard. Intense color and fruit, with a distinct savory character you’ve come to love from in this wine. This 2018 has the depth and structure found in our 2016, 2012 and 2007, rewarding those who aged them.
275 cases produced
2019 Segromigno is the closest we have come to making a full-bodied, modern-style Chianti Classico. It is a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Montepulciano. The bright Sangiovese cherry and fragrant fruit is balanced with tannin and structure from Montepulciano. If we made more, it would undoubtedly be our most popular wine. This 2019 shows why.
600 cases produced
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