2015 Sbragia Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Moon Mountain District, Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 94-96
James Suckling: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"Judging from these barrel samples, the 2014 and 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso should very well eclipse the outstanding 2013. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso has a gorgeous perfume of violets, red currants and lavender, lifting the black fruits and baking spices core. Incredibly intense, elegant and very finely structured in the mouth, I can’t wait to see this beauty in bottle!" (WA)

"This blend of 95% cabernet sauvignon, 4% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot has a striking, cedary and stony edge to the ripe dark berries, blackcurrants and iodine notes on the nose. The palate has a sleek and smooth-honed feel with supple, velvety tannins that fold out on the finish. Drink or hold." (JS)

Winery Notes:
My good friend, Mike Martini, whose family bought Monte Rosso in the late 1930s, shares a couple of blocks with me every year. At 1,200 feet elevation, this is a classic mountain vineyard, resting firmly on the southwest side of the Mayacamas mountain range. Sitting above the fog line, the vineyard’s iron-rich soils are red, rocky and well drained. The old, head-pruned vines struggle for nutrients and the rich, concentrated fruit shows it.

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