Segromigno is located near Lucca, one of Tuscany's more beautiful Etruscan cities. It is where my dad's father was born, and where our cousins currently live. While Segromino is in Tuscany, this wine is a blend resembling Rosso Piceno. Rosso Piceno is a wine from Le Marche and is usually a blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano.
Vineyard: Our 2015 Segromino is a bleand of 87% Sangiovese and 13% Montepulciano. We use the grapes grown on the east hillside and our recently grafted Sangiovese Grosso vines. Both of these sections in our Sangiovese vineyard give us a fruit-forward wine that is not as structured as our west hillside vines. The Montepulciano planted was planted in 2005, 2006, and 2007. We now have 2.5 acres of Montepulciano planted - more than anyone in Sonoma County. We aggressively crop-thin all of our Italian varieties to improve quality. All of our grapes are organically farmed and hand-harvested by our full-time vineyard crew.
Vintage/Harevest: 2015 was a great year vintage for both Sangiovese and Montepulciano. Being the third consecutive year of the drought, we had a lower-than-normal crop set, which usually leads to an early harvest. We harvested Sangiovese from September 3rd through September 14th. Our 2015 Sangiovese features more expressive floral and spicy fruit with excellent natural acidity. Montepulciano, is a late ripening grape here in Dry Creek, yet we are able to harvest it in late September. MP adds color, body and an interesting chocolate/earth component.
Winemaking: Our Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes are de-stemmed and pumped into small, open top tanks at cool tempuratures. After a 4 or 5 day cold soak, fermentation begins spontaneously with native yeasts on grapes. Fermentation lasts approximantely two to three weeks. We rack wine into small French Oak barrels and larger oak (620 gallon) vessels called "foudre". We believe French Oak integrates much better with our wines. The Segromino is bottled in late August to preserve fruit. We blend Montepulciano to provide a boost in structure and complexity.
Style: 2015 is my favorite Segromino to date because it is the closest we have come to making a wine reminiscent of top flight Chianti Classico. It strikes a nice balance of floral and fruity aromas with juicy fruit and spice on the palate. Like most great Chiantis, Segromino is definitely a "go to" wine with a variety of foods. It should age nicely for 3-4 years.-MJU