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.