Our Sangiovese expresses beautiful aromas of dark cherry and dried ginger with hints of all-spice. Cherry pie greets you on the entry leading to inviting tannins and lingering notes of cinnamon stick, toasted oak, and sprinkles of white pepper. This wine is stylistically true, expressing classic characteristics of strawberry, cherry, and spice. We suggest pairing this classic Italian varietal with spicy sausage and heirloom tomato pasta or a classic ribeye.
Grown on the Madrone Estate our Sangiovese expresses classic varietal characteristics of strawberry, cherry and spice. Cool fermentations and attentive cap management aim to control this typically tannic varietal, while still retaining its focused acidity.
Blend: 96% Sangiovese, 4% Barbera
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Barrel Regime: 18 months in 10% new French/Hungarian oak
Born on the historic Madrone Vineyards, originally planted in 1863, Valley of the Moon Winery has been at the foundation of Sonoma Valley’s winemaking heritage for over 150 years.
As one of the first wineries in Sonoma Valley, Valley of the Moon Winery at Madrone Estate boasts some of the region’s oldest Zinfandel clones. Classic Italian varietals such as Sangiovese and Barbera flourish in our fertile soils offering a gentle bow to the Italian immigrants that established Sonoma’s wine growing legacy more than a century ago. And of course Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, for which Sonoma Valley has become known, have found their home among our 60 acres of estate vines.
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I had the opportunity to taste this with a good friend of mine. Sangiovese is her favorite grape. I’m also a fan. So this was an unexpected pleasure for the evening.
On the pop & pour: Nose: alcohol is strong! Beyond that, there is cinnamon, cardamom, and a hint of carrot cake? Medium tannis on palate. Notes of raspberry, blackberry, dark cherry.
10 mins in glass: Alcohol is starting to blow off. No other steong change to scent. Maybe a little early coming into the nose. On the palate: Oddly, it’s a little more sharp on the palate. Sour berries. Earthy edge on entry.
25min in glass: Almost no scent left. Fruit has completely faded on the palate. Now this has changed dramatically to a rich, earthy, loamy palate. More Old World than New World in style.
This will not pair with the stereotypical Italian food. Heavily seasoned sauce will overwhelm it. Think something like seared steaks with a light, pan sauce, rather than pasta or cheesy or pizza. Maybe a smoked meat without tons of sauce.
Neither of us think this will age a lot more. I wouldn’t plan to hold it for more than another 2-3 years. I think it’s probably at it’s peak now.
@cjsiege Thanks for this. I was considering, but based on your experience, I’ll hold off. I like malbec, and was pretty happy with the Pull mixed red from a few months ago. This sounds like a sharper profile, one I’d probably enjoy less.
@LSeewoester@vrvallejo I’m watching and deciding… can’t commit right now. Depends on what I buy tonight. Once I’ve tipped the 100 bottle club…it’s time to really get selective. Sadly I want to try all the wines though haha.
@bent80@MSUMike@vrvallejo Sweet! I could do four as well depending on how many people go in. Does someone with free shipping want to pull the plug? I can do it but it will be $1/bottle more. (Taps fingers on desk, patiently waiting for free shipping option to launch for those of us that missed the kickstarter.)
From Beverage Tasting Institute:
Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pasta
Date Tasted: 5/8/2017
89 Points Silver Medal Highly Recommended $35
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry pie and leather with a tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A tight Sangiovese with grippy tannins that crave food.
Can’t wait to dive in. I am at my office, all we have are flutes. Welp, here it goes. throws caution to the wind
No cork damage to report. Looks like some healthy wood.
Everybody in the office is in disbelief at how mellow, smooth, and pleasant this wine tastes for having such a high ABV. A muddy purple hue gives way to nice cents of cherry and ginger candy. My tongue is confused because it tastes like I am eating a bag of dried fruit. No wine could possess the exact flavor of dried raisin, fig, and strawberry—but it does!
Dried gourmet fruit fades into soil earthiness. Aged leather and light cigar. Vanilla. Exceptionally pleasant. My office is comprised of beer drinkers, not really wine people; however, this one is a hit! Still heavy cherry.
I took half of the bottle home and poured it into the appropriate glass. It helped to bring out some bold medium tannins. I now taste more cranberry to accompany the cherry pie. Not too sweet. It is cut with a nice acidity that fades to an almost savory earth flavor. Warm, comfortable, yummy. Certainly an improvement over two-buck-chuck.