Tasting Note Aromas of blackberry, plum and anise give way to a palate of wild blueberry, graham cracker crust and violets. The rich mid-palate and fine tannins lead to a clean fruit driven finish.
Food Matching Tomato-based pasta sauces, wild game, lamb kebabs and grilled salmon.
Grape variety 100% Sangiovese
Terroir 2016 harvest began early and went by quickly. Although the summer was generally mild, spring’s dry warm weather accelerated vine development, ultimately producing smaller berries and concentrated flavors. Sustained warm weather coupled with depleted water reserves culminated with a furiously paced compact harvest that was completed before the end of September, producing a vintage of exceptional quality.
Climate Dry summers with little to no rainfall. Rains through the winter months. Average annual rainfall is 800mm. Annual high temperate is 22.6C; annual low temperature is 7.3C.
Geology Rattlesnake Hill overlooks the Home Ranch and the greater Alexander Valley. As the name suggests, this vineyard is on a rather rugged hill, giving this parcel great drainage. With only 8-16 inches of topsoil and clay soils with varying underlying layers of basalt, sandstone, and serpentine rock, vines have a difficult time surviving.
Vinification The grapes were picked by hand and sorted by hand to remove green material. After destemming (30% were left whole cluster), they were delivered without pumping to small, open-top fermentors with pneumatic assisted punch down maceration. The grapes fermented on skins for 9-11 days and were then drained to barrel to complete alcoholic fermentation and malolactic conversion in barrel. The wine was racked once prior to blending and bottling and returned to barrel for 1 month to coalesce.
Ageing 18 months in 78% seasoned French oak puncheons, 12% new French oak, and 10% concrete tank.
Residual sugar 0.46