This wine was a surprise because when you pour it the wine is very thin and light in color. Not what I expected from a sangiovese. The wine is very fruity on the nose and taste. This was a little baffling to me because it was very good for a 27 dollar bottle and almost seamed like it must have been artificially flavored. I’m not saying that it is, it is just very good. It is a fresh and clean feeling wine. Crisp. The color is thin bright red. Lots of cherry, strawberries, on the fruit forward palette. It is a medium length wine and the finish is pleasant. The tannins are medium but a little disconnected from the flavors which is why I thought it was baffling.
I would definitely try this wine. Very good for the money.
Production Notes: Picked at 23.4 brix on October 26 2006. Crushed, then cold soaked for 4 days. The brix raised to 26.4 after cold soak. Fermented for 12 days then pressed and put into 40% new oak, 40% 1 year old and 20% netural oak barrels. 80% American oak. Barrelled for 15 months. Bottled on Feburary 14, 2008.
Winemakers Notes: Sourced from Hales Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, this lighter-bodied zin pleases the nose with aromas of back pepper, cinnamon, cloves, red cherry/berry, slight tobacco, guaiacol, cedar box, and anise. Like our award winning 2005 vintage, this is a well-balanced fruity zin. The alcohol is in check, not dominating and the acidity keeps this wine lively and fruit forward.