The 2015 Saimuun Sangiovese begins with a sense of red plum, raspberry, violet, cigar box, and cinammon. It then flows to more earthy tones including Porcini mushrooms and leather. The next layer of flavors unveil as mulberry, black fig, a delightful sour cherry, pomegranate and cinnamon stick. Citrus notes of blood orange dipped in dark chocolate and grapefruit round out the finish with a mouth-watering juiciness that brings you back for more. This wine has all the traditional Sangiovese qualities one expects – dusty, musky, and cedar – with firm tannins.
Vineyard and Winemaker’s Notes
Grown at the La Vigne Vineyard in Maremma’s Montecucco region in Tuscany. This ICEA-certified organic vineyard has limestone soil with volcanic rock as a result of the Monte Amiata volcano eruption centuries ago. The area is cooled by winds from the Tyrrhenian coast that is about 70 miles west. This microclimate leads to wines that are fresh with rich fruit and notes of minerality and salinity.
Composition: 100% Sangiovese
Appellation: Maremma, Tuscany, Italy DOC
Vineyards: La Vigne Vineyard, Maremma, Western Tuscany
Winemaker: Maurizio Castelli
Growing Method: Certified organic by ICEA
Harvested: September 2015
Bottled: June 2017
Fermentation: Picked, sorted, and destemmed by hand 25 days with indigenous yeasts
Barrel Aging: 18 months in oak barrels and tonneaux
Our Founder Nan McEvoy to purchase this 550-acre sprawling ranch in West Marin County in 1990. Inspired by her love of Tuscan olive oil, Nan engaged Dr. Maurizio Castelli, a leading authority on agriculture, to recommend the best olive varieties for our unique setting. Fast-forward twenty years and McEvoy Ranch is one of the preeminent leaders in certified organic, extra virgin olive oil. A favorite of chefs – both at home and in restaurants that favor the farm-to-table approach.
Beginning with the 2010 vintage, we handcrafted limited-edition wine offerings showcasing the impact of the Petaluma Gap’s breezes and our distinct soil. In keeping with our history, we grow several Mediterranean varietals in addition to Pinot Noir and Viognier.
To maintain a healthy balance with our natural surroundings only 15% of our acreage is planted. This purposeful strategy aligns with our strong commitment to ensure we provide good land stewardship for our olive orchards, grape vineyards, and other fruits, vegetables, and flora grown on the estate.
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The write-up is a lovely description of McEvoy Ranch and the fact that they grow some Mediterranean varietals, but won’t someone tell us the story of how they come to be selling wine from Tuscany under their name?
@InFrom Hi from McEvoy Ranch! Our consultant, Maurizio Castelli, helped Mrs. McEvoy plant the olive trees originally (the first commercial Tuscan olive varieties planted in California) and build the mill. When she decided to plant grapes in 2006, Maurizio was back to help. He lives in Tuscany and has access to great vineyards; his son owns a winery nearby where Maurizio can make the wine. We thought it would be fun to have him make wine from these vineyards in Tuscany, since we have such close ties to that region and to Maurizio. We call the wines Saimuun since we make wine on two continents, but under the Same Moon.
I would find it very helpful if someone at Casemates would post for each offering if bottles were sent out for rattage. At the very least it would save me the time of checking back numerous times to see if a Rat has checked in. Obviously I find the reviews immensely useful for a wine such as this that I have no basis to purchase other than blind trust in WineD. If I knew no bottles were sent out at least I could use my time looking elsewhere for info on the wine.