95 Points - S.F. International Wine Competition
92 Points - Affairs of the Vine Cabernet Shootout
Gold Medal - Orange County Wine Competition
Rancho Salina is a beautiful vineyard situated 800 feet about the Sonoma Valley on the western facing slope of the Mayacamas Mountains, where afternoon sun ripens the Bordeaux varieties planted in rocky soils. Muscardini sources both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Rancho Salina, and blends them in about equal portions, like many of the great Right Bank Bordeaux wines. The result is a fresh yet powerful wine perfect for ageing.
The 2013 Muscardini Rancho Salina is deep ruby in color, with classic Bordeaus aromas of kirsch, licorice, cherry, vanilla, flowers, and baking spice. Flavors of cherry, tobacco, pepper, and plum explode on the palate, with bright acid and oak flavors giving plenty of structure. Built for the cellar, this gold medal winner is drinking well now, and will improve with two to five years in the cellar, and should drink nicely for at least eight years.
Fabulous pairings include aged gouda and hard cheeses, risotto with wild mushrooms, red meats, pork tenderloin and roasted duck.
Appellation: Sonoma County
Vineyard: Rancho Salina Vineyard
Harvested: October 5, 2013
Winemaker: Michael Muscardini
Blend: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot
Bottled: February 9, 2015
Cases Produced: 482
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.