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Professional Ratings: 89 International Wine Cellar
Region: Napa Valley, California
Other Info: Green Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%
Item no. 108273
The backbone of our 2008 Sangiovese comes from the Game Farm Vineyard in Oakville. The vineyard lies in dense, stony subsoil that mimics mountain growing conditions. It was selected for its Brunello clone and shallow, rocky soil. In these soils, the Sangiovese struggles to produce the highest quality grapes possible. The balance of the grapes were grown in the heart of the Napa Valley. The 2008 harvest was nearly ideal with picking beginning earlier than average.
Our 2008 Napa Valley Sangiovese is a deep garnet color. Perfumed aromas of raspberries, black cherries, lilacs, and rose petals come forward on the nose. The Merlot supports a chewy currant core on the mid-palate, accented by chocolate and hints of sandalwood. An interesting mineral note appears on the back of the palate, and firm, silky tannins hold the wine together. The finish is a lush thirty second trail of perfectly ripe, Bing cherries.
Medium red. Cherry, redcurrant and floral aromas are complicated by a whiff of soil. Offers good sweetness and breadth to its spicy, bright red fruit flavors. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and a hint of mocha. The fruit is mostly from Game Farm Vineyard in Oakville, which McMahon says features "rocky Tuscan soil." This will be bottled in July.