2018 Sangiovese, Santo Giordano Vineyards
This limited-release from Santo Giordano Vineyards, located on the southeastern edge of Sonoma Valley in the Carneros appellation, is a great expression of Sangiovese grown in moderate Mediterranean-style conditions. The wine opens with enchanting notes of fresh picked berries, wild herbs, moist earth, baking spices, citrus peel, and roasted almonds. On the palate, lush flavors of ripe strawberry, dark plum, cherry and pomegranate are intertwined with hints of caramel, chocolate, candy capped mushrooms, and savory spice. As the profile expands, the flavors are balanced with a perfect combination of vibrant acidity, firm structure, smooth tannins, and a lingering finish. The end result is a marvelous, food-friendly wine that gets better with more time in the glass.
Pairs well with earthy cheeses, olive tapenade, eggplant Parmesan, sauteed chicken and mushrooms, rabbit ravioli, spiced pork tenderloin, and grilled lamb skewers.