It's not often that we feature the same winery in the same month, but sometimes we just can't help ourselves, especially when the wines are so good. Enter Pietra Santa.
We have always enjoyed these wines for their sense of place, purity of flavors and, of course, the value. This selection makes the point perfectly. And speaking of perfection.
The history of the winery goes back over 160 years, when it was revered for its excellent soil and climate for growing grapes. The grape rush had just begun in California and everybody was jumping on the wine train. But not every area was suitable, and it took the better part of a century to sort it all out.
Pietra Santa means "Sacred Stone" in Italian, and is so named because of the stony soil on which the grapes are grown. Other crops couldn't survive here, but grapes love it. That's because the stones help drainage, one of the most important aspects of growing the best grapes.
That drainage causes the vine to dig deeper into the soil, extracting nutrients in the process and building a stronger vine system above ground.
The result is to bring power and glory to the grapes and to the finished wine they produce. Our selection has it all: intense, dense color to go with the intense flavors of cocoa and blackberry, and it finishes with a flourish. Amazing!
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