2001 Sangiovese

2001 Sangiovese

When just a few short years ago our token seventy-five Sangiovese vines kicked out their first fifteen gallons of wine, we wondered where this program would go. Now a decade old, these vines are producing fruit of such character that we simply can’t get enough of it. Sangiovese adds complexity and preserves the seductive texture of the mountain-grown Sangiovese, while a splash of Petit Verdot lengthens the finish. The remarkably dark ruby-red color betrays the mountain origins of this wine, while bright wild berry aromas interplay with exotic spice and explode across the entire palate. Amazingly mouth-filling and superbly rich on the mid-palate, the berry flavors seem to dance and then linger in an unbelievably lengthy finish. Beautifully balanced, the fresh fruit-packed personality of this Super-Tuscan blend marks this as a classic Bob Foley bring-your-toothbrush wine.

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Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 2001
Harvest: October 2001
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 75% Sangiovese
23% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.1%
Bottling: December 2002
Production: 83 (500 ml bottles) cases
Release Date: April 2003
Release Price:


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  • The Wine Advocate: December 23, 2003 - Rating: 94

    As everyone in California knows, I have little respect for most California Sangiovese. However, there are exceptions, and Pride Mountain's is one of them. The problem is, they only make two barrels (50 cases), so I will keep my notes brief. The greatest northern California Sangiovese, the 2001 Sangiovese blows away its competition. Strawberry jam, tobacco leaf, plum, and fig characteristics skip and hop to the beat of a large orchestra in this bottle that is available only in 500ml formats. Drink this knock-out 2001 over the next 5-7 years. It will make anyone believe that Sangiovese as well as Merlot are not always the great red wine rip offs of California.