Sangiovese, 2013. Pietra Santa

Sangiovese, 2013. Pietra Santa

Item #: C0817R2DC
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Sangiovese
Vineyard/Appellation: Cienega Valley, California
Color: Medium Ruby
Nose: Cherry, Spice, Vanilla
Palate: Sweet/Tart Cherry
Finish: Great Density
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2021/Red Meat, Game/Alcohol: 14.9%

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Our alternate red is also from Pietra Santa Winery. We just couldn't say no! Sangiovese is one of the most revered grapes in Italy. It accounts for most, and sometimes all, of the blend in Chianti. One of its many clones is the sole grape in Brunello di Montalcino, considered one of the greatest wines in Italy, not to mention the rest of the world.

Sangiovese was first recognized over 500 years ago. The name literally translates into "blood of Jove," the Roman god, Jupiter. Its place in Italian wine heritage is almost unapproachable. Only Nebbiolo is treated with the same lofty reverence as Sangiovese.

Pietra Santa has been growing this grape for over 30 years and arguably makes one of the best in California. Being that Sangiovese is still unknown to most Americans, we're excited to be able to bring this incredible wine to our members. All of the sweet/tart, peppery, spicy, earthy and unearthly flavors are there and keep on coming on.

The flavors signal a bonafide $30.00 offering that no one would argue. All the grapes are grown on the Pietra Santa estate. The wine sees 2 1/2 years in American oak barrels before it is bottled, and aged an additional year in the bottle before release.

The result is nothing short of spectacular. You are instantly hit with a burst of cherry fruit, anise, and a touch licorice and earth. The finish is mesmerizing and goes on for minutes.

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