51% Sangiovese |
37% Cabernet Sauvignon |
12% Petite Sirah
Alcohol: 14.5% ABV
Winemaker Notes: "Super Tuscan" wines became popular in the 1970s when some Tuscan producers came to believe that the rules governing Tuscan wines were too strict and did not allow them to make the high-quality wines they desired to make. Super Tuscan wines now fall under the legal IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) appellation and winemakers can blend the high acid, low alcohol Sangiovese with lower acid, fuller bodied, higher alcohol varieties. For us, the 2013 vintage turned that concept on its head. Since our Sangiovese from California and our Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington came in very ripe we needed something to balance the blend. The temperatures in Lodi, California were much more moderate this vintage than usual and our Petite Sirah finished fermenting with surprisingly low alcohol making it a perfect complement to the Sangiovese and Cabernet. For oak, we chose to age just over half in used and 1 year French/American hybrid barrels to provide hints of baking spice, while respecting the fruit. For the rest, we chose mostly new Kentucky American oak for a warming touch of cocoa and caramel to round out the bouquet.
Tasting Notes: This blend has ripe cherry and candied raspberry flavors with hints of caramel and warm baking spices. As a homage to the beautiful region, which Cellardoor calls home, Monti al Mare, "Mountain to Sea," will remind you of your vineyard visit.
Pairing Suggestions: - Venison - Lasagna - Cheese: Mozzarella, Ricotta, Provolone, or Parmesan Reggiano