2018 Sangiovese

Aromas of blueberry, plum, pastry dough, cherry blossom, honeycomb and meadow grass introduce this intriguing beauty. The wine is mouth-coating and full, with a rich yet airy texture, and beautifully choreographed tannins that arrive just at the finish.

2018 was a temperate, sunny vintage, producing wines defined by lushness and freshness. Our five rows of sangiovese grapes were harvested on October 3rd and the grapes were cold soaked for four days before being allowed to macerate on the skins for two weeks. After draining the wine off of its skins, it was aged in neutral French 60-gallon oak barrels and 130-gallon puncheons. Minimal racking was done, and the wine was bottled after 14 months in barrel.

Note: following the precedent set by the 2017 vintage, the 2018 Sangiovese is bottled in 750 ml bottles, which will be the practice for all vintages of Sangiovese going forward.

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Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 2018
Harvest: October 2018
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 77% Sangiovese
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.3%
Bottling: December 2019
Production: 362 cases
Release Date: March 2020
Release Price: $90.00

Reviews

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  • Antonio Galloni Vinous: January 2021 - Rating: 93

    The 2018 Sangiovese is a beautiful wine. As always, the Pride Sangiovese includes a good amount of blenders, so it is not a true Sangiovese, but rather a very attractive wine that offers a lovely contrast to the richer, bolder reds in the range. Freshly cut flowers, cedar, mint and sweet pipe tobacco lift the berry fruit flavors in this stylish red from Pride.

  • Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: November 5th, 2020 - Rating: 90+

    The 2018 Sangiovese is composed of 77% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot. Medium garnet-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with bold expressions of kirsch, baked plums, black raspberries and fragrant earth plus suggestions of dried Provence herbs and tobacco. The medium-bodied palate is refreshing and vibrant, delivering mouth-coating red and black fruits with loads of herbal sparks, finishing earthy.