Heady aromas of cranberries, crisp apple skin and a touch of leather fill the nose.
In the glass the wine is crystal clear and moderately deep scarlet. The palate has all the flavors one might expect from a Sangiovese, clean red fruits, bright acidity, persistent yet refreshingly crisp tannins and all finished with underlying complex notes of leather, dried earth and violets.
2015 provided an excellent growing season for our vineyards. Naturally low yields from a cool period of weather during fruit-set gave us concentrated grapes and open, disease free clusters. Warm to moderate temperatures throughout the year helped preserve acidity, whilst rapidly generating sugars. One of the earliest harvest’s on record, meant we had picked out the blocks by mid-august, harvesting grapes that were perfectly ripe, intense and delightfully aromatic with a perfect balance of acidity.
All of the fruit for the 2015 Napa Valley Sangiovese came exclusively from one very small hillside block at the Antica Vineyard in the heart of the Atlas Peak Appellation. Here, high elevation, limited rainfall and rocky, alluvial soils keep the vines and clusters small. The resulting wines are typically very concentrated and reflect both the terroir and the varietal.
30% new French oak