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Sangiovese is Tuscany’s signature grape,
but this bottling is evidence that it thrives
in California’s Mendocino region, too.
What You Need To Know
Mendocino is the insider’s California
wine country. This hilly coastal county is located directly north of
Napa and Sonoma and boasts both ancient vines and hundreds
of cutting-edge wineries, yet it remains strangely under-theradar.
It’s perfect for Monte Volpe’s Greg Graziano, who relishes
Mendocino’s cooler climate and low-key scene. A down-to-earth
vintner whose grandparents immigrated to the region from Italy’s
Puglia, Graziano has long been one of California’s most fervent—
and successful—partisans of Sangiovese. This small-lot bottling
tempers that Italian variety’s food-friendly acidity with plummy
Spicy black cherry, chocolate
and vanilla aromas.
Juicy black cherry and plum
flavors have lovely depth and
a black tea note.
bottle should be cool to
Earthy or herby red and
white meat dishes, pastas,
mushrooms and anything
in tomato sauce.