2005 Sangiovese Alegría Vineyards
Smoky aromas of dusty tannins mingle with hints of vanilla, mocha and black pepper. From the rich smooth front to the luscious, toasty center through to the broad spicy finish, our Sangiovese is a palate-pleaser. Creamy mocha and vanillin oak notes join classic flavors of plum and dark cherry. Nuances from the oak aging marry seamlessly with layers of flavors to create an ideal food-friendly wine.
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 56 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 our 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 delicious but subtle 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.
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 9 months in 45% Hungarian, 32% American, and 23% French oak barrels; 48% new oak
September 8, 2006