A vibrant nose of strawberry compote is accented by sweet brioche toast and tarragon. Sangiovese's signature reduction is present in the '16 offering, but it takes a back seat on the palette to the wine's iron core. Well-balanced acidity ties all those earthy elements with the bright, fresh, red-fruit aromatics.
These vineyards yield rich fruit forward wines characteristic of the terroir. Pope Valley vineyards are located in the North-Eastern hills of the Vaca Mountains in a town called Pope Valley within the Napa Valley Appellation. The soil is a pleaston loam with areas of a BressaDibble complex. Pope Valley is a warm growing climate with cool evenings and mornings which allow the grapes to hang on the vine long enough to ripen to their fullest potential and cool enough at nights to develop complex varietal aromas.
Berries were carefully destemmed into 1-ton bins, where they fermented over the course of 15 days. Upon pressing, the wine spent a little over a year in barrel before completing the maturation process in stainless steel.
512 cases produced