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Paoletti Fiore Sangiovese 2012

Sangiovese from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
    14.6% ABV
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    14.6% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    This Sangiovese exhibits essence of wild strawberries along with black plums in the bouquet, while the mid-palate is enhanced by the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec varietals that have been blended into this Super Tuscan-styled wine. This medium-weight wine is a lovely companion to a variety of soft cheeses, grilled fish and poultry.

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    Paoletti Vineyards

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    Paoletti Vineyards, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    Paoletti Estates Winery: All the red grapes are grown in Calistoga, an ideal area for making great reds. We are making a small amount of chardonnay from our vineyard west of the city of Napa. The Estate has 11 acres planted; One to Sangiovese, one and a half to Malbec, one to Merlot, and the remaining to Cabernet. We also have a vineyard across from Montelena on Tubbs Lane with 20 acres of Merlot. We are totally self sufficient. We harvest by hand, and use all the finest French barrels. 50 % new every year. We only use them twice. Time in barrels depends on the variety. Cabernet & Merlot up to two years, and Sangiovese much less. Chardonnay is barrel fermented up to 11 months in oak. We don't however believe in over oaking anything. Charles Hendricks is our very talented winemaker out of Davis. He is making a great name for himself in the industry.

    Calistoga

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    One of Napa Valley’s oldest wine growing subregions but last to gain appellation status, Calistoga occupies the northernmost section of the valley. Beginning at the foot of Mount St. Helena, its vineyards stretch over steep canyons and roll out onto the valley floor. The soils in Calistoga are rich in volcanic matter, which means they are heavy in minerals, low in organic matter and allow good drainage for vine roots, creating less green growth and more concentration of flavor within the grape berries.

    Summer days are very hot but most nights cool down with cooling breezes sneaking in over the Mayacamas Mountains or from Knights Valley to its northwest.

    Cabernet Sauvignon is the area’s star variety with Zinfandel coming in a strong second, though the latter commands far less price per tonnage so continues to be outshined by Cabernet in vineyard acreage, save for some important exceptions.

    Sangiovese

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    The perfect intersection of bright fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is the backbone variety in Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Elsewhere throughout Italy, it can make inexpensive wines for daily consumption ranging from inoffensive to deliciously easy. On the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed moderate popularity in California and Washington State over the last few decades.

    In the Glass

    Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with savory flavors of tart cherry, plum, tomato, fresh tobacco, anise, thyme, oregano, and dried earth. High-quality, well-aged examples will take on notes of smoke, clay pot, leather, gamey meat, potpourri, and dried fruits. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

    Perfect Pairings

    Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and grainy tannins create an affinity with tomato-based dishes, spicy meats, and anything off the barbecue.

    Sommelier Secret

    Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines (with price tags to match) that are typically monovarietal or a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

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