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2015 Sangiovese, Pioneer Hill Vineyard | Item No. 15SAPH
2015 Sangiovese, Pioneer Hill Vineyard | Item No. 15SAPH

2015 Sangiovese, Pioneer Hill Vineyard
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2015 Sangiovese, Pioneer Hill Vineyard



Pioneer Hill Vineyards, Amador County


The principle red grape of Tuscany, Sangiovese, has found a second home in the Sierra Foothills.  Shenandoah Valley’s iron laden decomposed granitic soils along with warm days and cool alpine influenced nights allows Sangiovese to develop exceptional color and full flavors.  Like Barbera, Sangiovese is known as a high acid variety, but unlike Barbera it often has enough tannin to provide the wine with a structure that will benefit from aging.  When asked which of my wines will benefit from aging, Sangiovese is always mentioned. 


While at Montevina in the early 1980s I was fascinated by Barbera, baffled by Nebbiolo and curious about Sangiovese. When I had the opportunity to rescue nine neglected Sangiovese vines that Darrell Corti had provided Cary Gott I found the avenue to pursue my curiosity about Sangiovese.  Tom Dillian and I harvested cuttings from these vines and planted a small vineyard and made Sangiovese for ourselves throughout most of the 1980s.  And in 1999 when Sue Fox grafted the Pioneer Hill Vineyard on the Massoni Ranch from Sauvignon Blanc to Sangiovese, I gained access to enough Sangiovese to go commercial with my efforts.  


The 2015 wine has a ruby purple color of medium depth with carmine hues.  Plums, currants, and briary black raspberries are the featured fruits that comprise the aroma of this wine. The fruit is married to a bouquet of vanilla and caramel with hints of anise, ash, and leather. On the palate flavors of black cherry, currant, toasty oak, and baking spices are delivered by a wine with a bright acidity that promises the fruit will still be with this wine after three to five years of aging.  Sangiovese remains one of our more extracted wines and while the tannins of this wine are not overwhelming they will soften and reward those that manage to cellar this vintage for a year or two.  I am not one to suggest wine and food pairings, but I will say that whenever I have the opportunity to enjoy game it is almost certain it will be with Sangiovese, although Osso Buco or braised lamb shanks works well with this wine too.


Varietal Composition:

100% Sangiovese      14.8 % Alc.      0.73 g/100ml TA       3.34 pH


Oak Regime:

30% American Oak         44% French Oak       26% Neutral Oak


Released: July 1, 2017                           

Cases Produced 500                                               

Suggested Retail Price:  $27

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