Sangiovese has a long history of being widely planted in Italy, particularly in Tuscany where it is used in Chianti production. The grape was brought to California by Italian settlers during the Gold Rush in the late 1800s. Amador County’s warm summer days and rocky shallow soils are well suited to the varietal but it is not without considerable attention and effort that we are able to craft a classic bottling. Terra d’Oro’s shallow topsoil helps prevent plant vigor; but nevertheless, Vineyard Manager Kevin Steward and his crew groom the Sangiovese vineyards two to three times after veraison, dropping clusters to minimize crop and increase concentration and color. Sangiovese’s reddish berries are notoriously thin skinned and highly susceptible to sunburn. Careful care is taken with trellising and irrigation to maintain a healthy canopy to shade the finicky fruit.