We love featuring wines from wineries like the estate that fashioned our Accou-tre Sangiovese. Le Vigne Winery in Paso Robles is a classic rendition of an old-world estate in Tuscany. An absolutely charming place, as well as a great winery.
The owners were Italian immigrants who came here with the clothes on their backs and centuries of winemaking in their blood. They did what they knew how to do and that was grow grapes.
Today, the second and third generation is carrying on the tradition started by their ancestors. Nothing is done in a hurry here. Vines are planted as their finances allow. The wine is made with attention to every detail in a slow, meticulous and measured manner, to make sure that the outcome is the best result possible.
In our selection, the characteristic dark fruitiness of Sangiovese, champion grape of Chianti, leaps to the fore and grabs hold. Nothing takes over a palate like Sangiovese - whether in the glass or in the conversation. It literally translates to "blood of Jove" because of its intense color and bold flavors. Our selection has the trademark stamp of Chianti on it, but with a round edge coming from its Cali-fornia heritage.
We open with the brooding color and a shy nose barely masking the dense fla-vors to emerge. Slowly, the black cherry whiffs to the rim, followed by the earth, anise and cardamom. The bold flavors start to descend on the palate with both power and grace, but settle in pleasantly, with serenity and a smile.