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Rising star winemaker Kirk Venge lends
an assist with this Sangiovese-based blend,
which helps explain why it’s so delicious.
What You Need To Know
You have to be a little bit crazy (or
at least nonconformist) to champion a variety like Sangiovese in
Napa Valley, where Cabernet is king. The signature grape of Italy’s
Chianti region, Sangiovese makes bright, cherry-driven reds with
lots of juicy acidity. It’s a favorite of winery owners Claus and
Diane Janzen, who add a dollop of it to their celebrated, Cabernet-based
signature red, Bacio Divino. With Pazzo (which means
“crazy” in Italian) bottlings, the Janzens and consulting
winemaker Kirk Venge turn the tables, adding a dash of
Cabernet—along with Syrah and Petite Sirah—to Sangiovese.
They crafted this vintage in a ripe, jammy style, with intense fruit
and a hint of spice.
Scents of vanilla
and ripe blackberry.
Loaded with jammy
plum flavors, with spice
and leather notes.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Earthy or herby game, lamb
and beef dishes.