2018 Scotto Family Cellars Reserve Sangiovese, Mohr Fry Ranch, Lodi
Overall: Balanced and bright
Nose: Deep creme de cassis (Kir) is upfront with white pepper and pomegranate
Taste: Tart wild berry with big structure. Black cherry and spice in the center of the palate, full-bodied, bright, and balanced with a long finish showing nice aging potential.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and long finish
We are proud to include some of Lodi’s finest growers as our Scotto Family Cellars partners, including the Fry Family and their Mohr-Fry Ranch Vineyard. We share a multi-generational history in Lodi and a devotion to crafting some of this appellation’s best wines.
Food Pairing: Hearty rustic pasta, meat pizza, and roasted pork
Varietal Composition: 95% Sangiovese, 5% Petite Syrah
Appellation: Mohr Fry Ranch, Lodi
Winemaking: 22 months barrel aged in French, American and Eastern European oak
Production: 246 Cases
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100+ Years. 5 Generations.
200,000,000+ glasses poured.
Our family’s winemaking tradition began in 1883 when our Great Great Grandfather Salvatore Dominic Scotto began making wine at home, in the old Italian tradition, on the island of Ischia for family and friends.
Family winemakers have always been the backbone of America’s vineyards and wineries, especially in Lodi, the heart of California’s wine country. Fifth generation vintners Anthony Scotto III, his brothers Paul, Michael and sister Natalie carry on the Scotto winemaking tradition as their grandfather and father did before them. Scotto Family Cellars is a collection of signature wines reflecting the finest attributes of their historic Lodi appellation.
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I love waking up to UPS text notifications from Wine Country Connect in the summer/fall seasons; that means Lab Rat duties have been summoned. It’s been a while since drinking some wine. We got covid the week before summer break and since then I’ve had a difficult time with tasting. The dry red wines I normally enjoy have been tasting bitter and not as enjoyable. It’s a bit of a shock to me when I started to enjoy wines with a sweeter profile over my collection of ‘mostly’ old world styles.
Scotto Family Cellars - Reserve Sangiovese ~2018~Mohr Fry Ranch Lodi
Sangiovese is a pretty solid grape amongst the italian varietals. I have had minimal experience in specific regions, and Lodi is another one to add to my books. This bottle came in on friday and straight to the fridge until some time was available late saturday night. I didn’t have time to plan for a meal pairing and since the food festival was a bust this year, we took a detour and grabbed a few pizzas to not totally disappoint the kiddos appetites. I figured pepperoni would pair best with Sangiovese. Upon opening, everything was muted, the nose was hot with alcohol and the palate is detecting a slight cherry flavor. It’s got good acid with a thickness to the mouthfeel. I’m feeling like this bottle needs to rest a week before opening and or it needs some air. After about an hour later, it’s still not screaming complex but is starting to show some dry candied cherry notes over the next couple of hours. I decided to cork it without gas and re-open it with lunch the following day.
Day 2 opened to more notes I wish were there on day one. I’m getting more defined flavors like ripened dark berries, tart cherry, with a slight tobacco note in the background. The acidity held up well, and finishes off mouth drying with fine tannins. I am getting a slight bitterness, I don’t know if it’s the wine as much as it is me. Overall I think this Sangiovese shows a lot of aging potential. If you can’t wait, you might want to give it a couple hours to decant. This is a perfect wine for a pizza night and shows a lot of progression as a stand alone wine. My guess was that CM would list this for $15-$20. Thank you to everyone for making this mediocre rattage happen again. Cheers.
Sorry for the late report, all! Getting over some sinus issues and wasn’t really up to a tasting report. We paired this with some pot roast tonight and it was a good counterpoint. I think it would go nicely with any sort of hearty soup or stew as well. For tasting notes, cherry is strongest with some other dark berries along for the ride. A nice balanced, smooth, round sipper.