When we released the 2007 Muscardini Sangiovese, we were completely unprepared for how popular it was going to be, and our allocation sold out quickly. Luckily, we were able to secure an allocation of Muscardini’s 2008 Sangiovese, sourced from one of Sonoma’s great vineyards, Monte Rosso, high above the Sonoma Valley in the Mayacamas Mountains. With iron rich soils, Western exposure for maximum sunlight, and high elevation to keep temperatures down, this is an intriguing site for Sangiovese, and if this wine is any indication, a potentially great site for this tricky varietal as well.
Medium ruby in color, the 2008 Monte Rosso Sangiovese offers beautiful aromas of black cherry, raspberry, slate, damp earth, and tobacco leaf. This combination of fresh fruit and earthy flavors is one of Sangiovese’s signatures, and is on display wonderfully in this wine. The palate echoes cherry flavors from the nose, along with blackberry, vanilla, and a spicy, almost floral undertone. Medium bodied, with a silky mouth-feel and a lively, vibrant finish, this is a lovely example of Old World meets New, resulting in a wine perfect for enjoying ever so slightly chilled on warm summer evenings, or a little warmer on cold winter nights. Sangiovese always seems to work with tomato-based dishes, but this one has an extra, earthy element that makes me think it would pair beautifully with venison or rabbit. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on this low production, versatile and unique wine!
Cases Produced: 559
Harvested: September 18, 2008
Bottled: August 27th, 2009
Let’s start in Italy, 1892, when Michael Muscardini's grandfather, Emilio Alchera, was born in the village of Calliano, just outside of the city of Asti in the Piemonte region. Emilio came to America in 1909 via Ellis Island in New York. After heading to the West Coast by train to meet his two brothers, Antonio and Louis, he settled in San Francisco.
Emilio began his living in California by helping to dig the Caldecott Tunnel, which connects the East Bay to Contra Costa County. After saving his money, he began to buy and run corner grocery stores where he sold fine bulk wines, and in his spare time made a red table wine for the family. His business would eventually become the "St. Helena Napa Valley Wine Company."
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