Sangiovese •Roumiguiere, Windsor Oaks & Alpicella Vineyards
California: North Coast
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Mission Codename: Tuscany, California
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Investigate California wineries and locate a perfect Sangiovese
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Deerfield Ranch Winery
Wine Subject: 2003 Deerfield Ranch Sangiovese
Winemaker: Robert Rex (Michael Brown, Assistant Winemaker)
Backgrounder: The most widely planted grape in all of Italy, Sangiovese is used in everything from blended inexpensive table wines like Chianti, to the finest Super Tuscans. Italian immigrants introduced this varietal to the U.S. in the 1800’s. It is even reported that this grape was first planted near Geyserville, California, at the Segheshio Family’s “Chianti Station”. A few miles to the north, in Lake County, the Roumiguiere family grows Sangiovese for Deerfield Ranch Winery. This magical pairing was rumored to have created some great Sangiovese and we sent Agent Red to investigate. Read his tasting noted and his mission report to learn more about today’s old-world-in-California wine
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Shimmering burgundy with concentrated color at its heart and out to its edges, with a very bouncy-looking surface and fat, widely-spaced legs that take their time moving down the glass
Smell – Deeply perfumed layers of blueberry, strawberry, orange rind, plum and violet with a mild stemmy note
Feel – Bright and cool, sliding quickly across the from palate, then the wine coats the mid-palate, focusing the majority of its effects and flavors there
Taste – Bright again, with sweet fruit flavors of strawberry, white cherry, white plum and blueberry that sparkle up-front. Then, theslightest tartness sets in with violet, tart cherry and sweet wood set in
Finish – A slightly dry long and lingering finish with flavors that go ofrom sweet to tart, making your mouth water
Conclusion – Robert Rex, you’ve done it again. You have demonstrated to us your ability to bottle superb wine after superb wine. With this Sangiovese you have crafted a wine that blends the best of both worlds, delivering an old-world Italian wine with California flair. This wine is fruity, but not a fruit bomb. It is refined and balanced, but not boring, subdued or dull. The wine is bright and fun, with loads of character and delicious aromas and flavors.
SPECIAL NOTE: For best results with this wine, be sure to follow these two simple guidelines: 1) Decant this wine for 4 or more hours. Trust me, this is a very different wine on first-open than it is after time spent in the air. 2) After you receive your shipment, allow at least a week before opening as this is a very sensitive wine. It does not like to be jostled. According to the winery, allow up to two weeks for best results. If you follow these two pieces of advice, you will get much more pleasure from this wine.
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On the subject of incredible wines, today’s wine is the most recent example of our ability to procure exceptional offerings. This Sangiovese from Deerfield Ranch Winery, is a beautiful mix of old-world authentic Italian, and California. “Calitalian”??
Robert Rex is a master winemaker and his experience shows with each sip you take of his 2003 Sangiovese. While some winemakers approach their trade as a chemist would, developing wines in a lab, Robert take a more artistic approach. Robert himself, told us that, “Wine making is more like cooking than chemistry”.
When we opened a bottle of this wine with him recently, Robert told us, “My Sangiovese is made from an Italian grape variety, with California know-how. It is a bright and fruity wine that goes well with most foods. Try more dairing pairings and give the wine time to breathe for maximum enjoyment! Most of all, enjoy!”
We thank you, Robert (and all of the great folks at the winery!), for making this wine available to our Operatives.
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Awards & Accolades:
11 Gold Medals over 6 vintages
About This Wine:
An Italian grape variety meets California know-how.
Sangiovese is the most widely planted grape in Italy. It goes into everything from cheap acidic Chianti in straw wrapped bottles to the finest Super Tuscan wines. We’ve taken this lovely, strawberry-like-flavor laced grape, found growers who worked hard at getting it to grow and ripen properly in California, like the Roumiguiere (Row-me-gair)family in Clear Lake (Lake County) and added our best technique for producing fruit forward, gentle, friendly wine to produce what has become our favorite summer red.
When fully vine-ripened, Sangiovese looses it’s aggressive acidity in favor of lushness. It’s focus is on the front of the palate, like Merlot, but more in a cresting wave at the front of the palate. The ripeness also reduces the acids. Our fermentation techniques produce soft tannins. Long barrel aging, unusual for a California Sangiovese but common in Italy makes it extra mellow. These qualities make it suitable for chilling for a warm summer day’s libation, a great companion to Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay as a stand-up wine. It is balanced perfectly to pair with Mediterranean style food.
About The Winery:
Residual Sugar: 0.3%
Production: 700 Cases
Bottled: February 26, 2007