2003 Sangiovese Alegría Vineyards
Rich, opulent aromas of berries mingle with toasty oak. Delicious flavors of berry, cherry and plum with creamy oak notes burst across your palate. Balanced and complex, our 2003 Sangiovese finishes with a long velvety finish of vanilla and mocha.
Our cool Russian River Valley location is ideal for bringing out the classic aromas and flavors of Sangiovese, the principal wine grape of Tuscany. Americo Rafanelli first demonstrated this variety’s affinity for Alegría Vineyards when he planted it 55 years ago in our old Zinfandel vineyard.
We followed his lead and used cuttings from his vines and six other distinct clonal selections of Sangiovese to establish a new vineyard on a steep west-facing hillside. The seven clones are harvested together and co-fermented with two other traditional Tuscan varieties - Canaiolo and Mammolo - that we also included in the vineyard. The result is a benchmark Sangiovese that is rich, balanced, and complex.
To keep from overwhelming Sangiovese’s subtle and nuanced flavors, we limit the use of new oak barrels. Our goal is an Italianate Sangiovese reflecting the interaction of the clonal selections, the vineyard’s microclimate, and the skill of our consulting winemaker, Alison Green Doran.
October 21, 2003
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 18 months in 46% Hungarian, 38% American, and 16% French oak barrels; 27% new oak
April 28, 2005