2012 Petroni Vineyards Sangiovese Poggio Alla Pietra Estate Grown

Year: 2012
Appellation: Moon Mountain District, Sonoma County
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"The dark, plummy, ripe 2012 Sangiovese Estate Pogio Ella Pietra comes from terraced, rocky soils. It exhibits a deep ruby color as well as notes of black cherries, blackcurrants and Mediterranean herbs, medium body, and an expansive, savory texture. This beauty is one of the finest Sangioveses I have tasted from California. It should drink well for 4-5 years." (WA)

Winery Notes:
All the fruit was harvested exclusively from our home Vineyard, Poggio alla Pietra in what is now known as Moon Mountain District, Sonoma County. Sangiovese is best suited to steep and arid sites just like the volcanic red and rocky soil on the south facing slopes of Petroni Vineyards. Hand farmed according to organic principles, the vines are carefully maintained and the crop reduced to ensure ripe and concentrated wines are produced from this outstanding site.

Winemaking Techniques:
Made in the style of Brunello, each block is picked at the right moment to harness the balance of acidity and ripe flavors. Destemmed and crushed to purpose built tanks, the must is fermented and remains on skins for an extended maceration of up to 40 days. The pressed wine is matured in a combination of French oak barriques and puncheons of which 20% are new each vintage.

Tasting Notes:
The color is of a brick/ruby red color typical of the style; medium depth. Always generous on the nose the complex aromas show a combination of orange zest, toffee, earth and licorice. Other descriptors might include hazelnut, cedar, caramel and beef jus, while having a fruity element it is a pleasingly savory and spicy bouquet. The palate has volume, rich and round. it evolves into a dense and tannic power pack finishing dry and long. Initially the flavors reflect the aromatics while finishing with sour cherries and dried fruits come to mind.