90 Points - Wine Enthusiast, December 2015
The grapes were hand-picked, rushed to the winery and cold soaked for three days. They used BM-45 premioum yeast to ferment, the same yeast used on the great Brunello wines from Italy. 100% Alpicella Vineyard.
The 2012 Muscardini Alpicella Vineyard Sangiovese is an expressive wine with deep aromas of fresh picked red berry, licorice, earth and roasted chestnuts. Deep flavors of ripe plum, black raspberry, wild strawberry, chocolate, black trumpet mushroom and savory spices. This full-bodied wine has a lingering finish and complex flavors which reward the palate with each sip.
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Vineyard: Alpicella Vineyard
Winemaker: Michael Muscardini
Blend: 100% Sangiovese
Bottled: September 9, 2013
Cases Produced: 277
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.