Our 2012 Sangiovese was produced from just two rows of grapevines on the sunny plateau we call Lower Mountain Top, nestled in between the merlot vines that provide the source for our Reserve Claret. This year, we found that blending in 13% of that very merlot provided the texture and intensity that made this wine complete. The nose projects bright aromas of plum, cranberry, caramel, cherry, salt water taffy and subtle floral notes. On the palate, the wine is silky and mouth-filling, with a lively acidity, thick mid-palate, and fully integrated tannins. A rare treasure and a pleasure to taste!
|Production:||170 (500 ml bottles) cases|
|Release Date:||March 2014|
The Wine Advocate: October 2014
Pride has also acquitted itself brilliantly with one of the grapes that proved the undoing for a number of California wineries – Sangiovese. The 2012 Sangiovese (only available in 500 ml bottles) came in at 14.4% natural alcohol, and is a blend of 87% Sangiovese and 13% Merlot. Lots of vivid strawberry, black cherry, new saddle leather, tobacco leaf and spice box are present in this complex, medium-bodied, supple, impressively endowed effort. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.