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Saggi 2010

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Winemaker Notes

Among Tuscany's oldest and most prestigious wine families, Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari teamed with Allen Shoup to produce a wine that showcases Washington state's terroir with plenty of Italian character. Saggi (meaning "wisdom") is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.

Blend: 53% Sangiovese, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah

Critical Acclaim

ST 92
International Wine Cellar

Good bright red-ruby. Crushed bitter cherry, strawberry, redcurrant and chocolate on the musky nose, along with a floral nuance. Suave, creamy and seamless on the palate, with ripe strawberry fruit complemented by an inviting floral element. Nicely filled in but without any excess weight. Finishes saline, tactile and firm, with impressive lingering sweetness. Boasts plenty of early sex appeal.

WE 92
Wine Enthusiast

This is an excellent wine comprised of Sangiovese and Syrah from the Boushey and Candy Mountain Vineyards, and Cabernet from Stonetree Vineyard—all top-tier vineyards. Bright and generous, with plenty of toasty barrel flavors, it's highlighted with cut tobacco, citrus, herb and floral hints. There is an underlying minerality as well, making this one of Washington's most complex 'Super Tuscans.'
Editors' Choice

RP 92
The Wine Advocate

Made by Giovanni and Ambrogio Folonari, both of Ruffino and then later Folonari Tenute (both projects in Italy), the 2010 Red Wine SAGGI is comprised of 53% Sangiovese, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Syrah. Spending 18 months in 100% French oak, it is Washington's take on a Super Tuscan, and a good one at that. Loaded with ripe red and black fruits, forest floor, cedar, spice and a dry-aged beef-like gaminess, it stays relatively compact and focused on the palate and has a medium-bodied, firm feel, integrated acidity and notable tannin. As with all of this estate's wines, their overall balance and texture ensures that they're enjoyable now, however, this will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and impress for a decade after that. Drink 2015-2025.
Rating: 92+

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Saggi
Among Tuscany's oldest and most prestigious wine families, Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari (father and son) teamed with Allen Shoup to produce a wine that is true to Washington State’s terroir with plenty of Italian character. Saggi (meaning "wisdom") is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah varieties, selected from the Columbia Valley's finest vineyards. Saggi is one of six distinct red wines from the Long Shadows Vintners Collection.

Dark cherry aromas and raspberry flavors combine with a hint of nutmeg and smoky earthiness. An elegant entry in the front of the mouth reveals refined tannins with focused concentration, enhanced by the wine's rich and supple mouth feel.

The Folonaris select Sangiovese from two vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills, The Benches at Wallula and Alder Ridge, which provide Saggi’s delicate flavors and silky tannins. Syrah from Boushey Vineyard enhances its refined texture.

Burgundy

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A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide...

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A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide, Burgundy is a perennial favorite of many wine lovers. After centuries of winemaking, the Burgundians have determined precisely which grape clone grows best on which plot of land, determined by the soil type, the elevation, and the angle in relation to the sun—this is a region firmly rooted in tradition and the concept of ‘terroir’ reigns supreme here. Because of the Napoleonic Code requiring equal distribution of property and land among all heirs, vineyard ownership in Burgundy is extremely fragmented, with some growers responsible for just one row or even one vine. This system has led to the predominance of the ‘negociant’—a merchant who purchases fruit from many different growers to vinify and bottle together.

Burgundy’s cool, marginal climate and Jurassic limestone soils are perfect for the production of elegant, savory, and mineral-driven Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with plenty of acidity. Vintage variation is of particular importance here, as weather conditions can be variable and unpredictable. Spring frost and hail are near-universal risks. The Côte d’Or, a long and narrow escarpment, forms the heart of the region, split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. The former is home to many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir wines, while Chardonnay plays a much more prominent role in the latter, though outstanding red, white, and rosé are all produced throughout. Other key appellations include the Côte Chalonnaise, home to great value Pinot Noir and sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne; the Mâconnais, producing soft and round inexpensive Chardonnay; and Chablis, the northernmost region of Burgundy and an acidity-lover’s Chardonnay paradise.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes...

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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