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Sangiovese is best known as the primary grape of the Chianti region of Italy, but it is slowing growing in acreage in California and elsewhere in the world. Today’s WineHeist comes from a planting on one of Sonoma County’s most famous vineyards, Monte Rosso, planted high above the town of Sonoma in the late 19th century. This site at the southern tip of the Mayacamas Mountains is known for its volcanic soil, and the powerful, structured wines that it produces. The 2010 will be the last release of the Monte Rosso Sangiovese from Muscardini, so don’t miss out on this stunner.
The 2010 Muscardini Monte Rosso Sangiovese is deep ruby in color, with a powerful nose of black berries and cherry, nutmeg, and fig. The palate shows more cherry, with currant and dried herb. Ripe fruit is carried through on the finish with generous acidity. Showing a richer side to sangiovese, this wine brings out the classic flavors that the Monte Rosso vineyard is known for. Don’t miss this last chance at Sangiovese from one of California’s great vineyards.
Appellation: Sonoma County
Vineyard: Monte Rosso Vineyard
Winemaker: Michael Muscardini
Blend: 100% Sangiovese
Bottled: September 10, 2011
Cases Produced: 398
Muscardini Cellars graces Sonoma Valley’s (Valley of the Moon) Monte Terra with its estate grape vines, family home and barrel room. You are welcome to visit us in their Kenwood tasting room.
History of Muscardini Cellars
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."
Learn more at www.muscardinicellars.com.