Harvest Dates: 9/22 (SG-SOUTH)
pH/TA: 3.78, 5.2
oak: 30% new
Vineyard: This 100% Sangiovese comes from a vineyard we planted in 2007. It is the original Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello) clone from our original Sangiovese vineyard planted in 1992. This small vineyard block has the potential to make some of our best wine as it is densely planted on a low-vigor rootstock called 420-A, located on our Benchland property. We have learned over the years to aggressively thin the crop on younger vine Sangiovese to make the kind of wine worthy of Tuscany’s Montalcino DOCG region.
Vintage: 2019 began with a very wet late winter/early spring. The growing season resembled 2018 with moderate weather throughout until August, when we had warmer temperatures. The moderate night temps helped us reach physiological ripeness, which is important in making Brunello-like Sangiovese. We harvested this block of Sangiovese on September 22 at ideal sugar/acid numbers.
Winemaking: The fruit was destemmed but not crushed and pumped into a small open top fermenter. After a 5-day cold-soak fermentation begins naturally from indigenous yeasts. We press at dryness, usually after 2-3 weeks. We age our Sangiovese in only French oak, about 30% new.
Description: 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.