Our Sagrantino is a bold wine with notes of bing cherries, plum jam, cherry pie with vanilla and nutmeg, coffee, and dried tobacco.
These rare Sagrantino grapes are grown in the Tracy Hills appellation of the San Joaquin Valley in California. The vineyards are planted in well-drained, alluvial gravel soils. Being located at the southwestern edge of the valley, it is exposed to low rainfall during the growing season and consistent breezes allowing for a controlled crop with low disease pressure, ideal for conditions for late-ripening Italian varietals. The vineyard has been designated a mineral resource zone by the U.S. Geological Service due to the high gravel content of the soil. To increase the intensity of flavor, deficit irrigation (watering below crop requirements) is utilized.
The grapes are brought to the winery at peak ripeness and are gently destemmed and transferred to our temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. It naturally begins fermentation and takes 14 days with gentle cap management. When fermentation is nearing completion we taste for the right balance of flavor, tannin, and acid before gently pressing the wine of the grapes. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation in 40% new French M+ oak barrels and is then aged 12 months before racking, blending, and bottling.