Sangiovese is best known as the basis for the great wines of Tuscany. In California, as in Italy, Sangiovese will only show its best in a very few and favored locations. This 100% Sangiovese wine comes from two vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley that are such sites. Aged for 25 months in older, neutral 60 gallon barrels to allow varietal flavors to shine.
The aromas offer that rustic essence desired in a
Sangiovese, with traces of minerality, earth undertones,
cherry and cranberry. With the first sip, discover a
beautifully balanced wine with an ideal blend of dark
flavors, a light essence and bright, mouthwatering
acidity. A blend of wild cherry, pomegranate, red
plum and dried strawberry fuses with a complex mix
of briary sage, tobacco, spicy cedar and toasted herbs.
Harmonious and seductive, this wine disappears quickly
once it’s opened.
This 100% Sangiovese was produced from fruit grown
in two exceptional small plantings in Dry Creek Valley—
Teldeschi Vineyard and Spadoni Vineyard.
In the early 1990’s, lifelong grapegrower Ray Teldeschi
got Sangiovese budwood from our Norton Ranch on
Lytton Springs, and planted it on his “Home Ranch”
that is next door to our winery on the Dry Creek bench.
The southwest exposure and excellent drainage of the
site helps the finicky Sangiovese vines fully ripen the
grapes every year.
The Spadoni Vineyard is a tiny planting on the hillside
behind the home of long time friends Ken and June
Spadoni. They planted an acre of Sangiovese on the
western edge of Dry Creek because of a love for the
wine, and meticulously farm this small plot.
In 2018, Mother Nature gave us another bounty from
this challenging grape. The overall large crop contained
many small berries, allowing us to make a perfectly
Food Pairing Notes
The perfect pairing wine that complements most
cuisines from pot stickers to pizza, or a hearty Moroccan
beef stew to baked mostaccioli.