2018 Segromigno Lot 1
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 Segromigno is in Tuscany, this wine is a blend resembling Rosso Piceno - a wine from Le Marche traditionally consisting of Montepulciano and Sangiovese.
VINEYARD: Our 2018 Segromigno (LOT 1) is a blend of 55% Montepulciano and 45% Sangiovese. We planted Montepulciano in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and now have 2.5 acres of Montepulciano planted—more than anyone in Sonoma County! For the remaining Sangiovese component, we use the grapes grown on our 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. We aggressively crop-thin both of these varieties to improve quality, and all of our grapes are organically farmed and hand-harvested by our full-time vineyard crew.
VINTAGE/HARVEST: 2018 was an excellent growing season. Cool August weather extended the growing season and helped provide color, body, and acidity to the wines. Once again, the yields were low due to our crop-thinning regimen, which facilitates concentration. We harvested fully ripe Sangiovese on September 21st, and Montepulciano, which is a late-ripening grape here in Dry Creek, was harvested on October 21st. Our Montepulciano comes from two blocks that feature expressive fruit and less tannin structure than those used for our stand-alone Montepulciano bottling.
WINEMAKING: Our Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes are de-stemmed and pumped into small, open-top tanks at cool temperatures. After a 4 to 5-day cold soak, fermentation begins spontaneously with native yeasts on grapes, lasting approximately two to three weeks. We then rack wine into small French Oak barrels and larger oak (620 gallon) vessels called “foudres.” We believe French Oak integrates much better with our wines. The final wine is bottled in late August to preserve fruit.
STYLE: Our 2018 Lot 1 is new territory; featuring Montepulciano as the leading component. As such, this wine is a tad more full-bodied than the average vintage of Segromigno, yet it still retains the lively fruit and acidity you've come to know and love. It should drink nicely over the next 3 to 6 years. -MU