Spicy, ripe, red fruit and baking spices in the nose.
On the palate the spices persist along with black and red fruits with notes of berries, plums and cherries. It is balanced with excellent acidity and structure. This vintage is bright and full bodied throughout to a long complex finish. A perennial favorite.
I have made Sangiovese based wines since 1992, from this vineyard since 1999. This is the 5th for pureCru Napa Valley Winery. Each vintage of this wine has been a multiple Gold Medal winner. It is a small production lot that we have proprietized with the identity of Sangio Vetta, meaning Sangiovese at the peak or pinnacle. Now and in the future, it will be blended in a way that best reflects the style I believe shows it as a world class Red of unique dimension without worrying about the percentages of varietals used meeting any minimum for labeling regulations. It is a Super Tuscan blend but made more like a Brunello.
Each lot was punched cap fermented on its own in one ton or less batches.
Aged 34 months in French, Eastern European and American Oak barrels prior to blending a month before bottling.