The Terra d’Oro 2016 Sangiovese is a classic example of intensity tempered by elegance and finesse. This wine showcases a garnet color in the glass. Warm and inviting aromas of pomegranate, black cherry, red licorice, rose petal, toasted cream and hints of strawberry entice the nose. Spiced rhubard and strawberry flavors mingle with soft tannins leading to a vibrant finish.
During the Gold Rush in the late 1800s, the varietal was brought to California by Italian settlers. The warm summer days of California’s Amador County, and the rocky shallow soils of the Terra d’Oro vineyards, are superlative for this grape.
The grapes were partly hand-harvested in the crisp and cool early morning to ensure bright and focused acidity. The fruit was then aged in French oak barrels for 14 months, 20% which was new and the rest being neutral. By using a bit of gentle oak, the flavor integrates more smoothly, keeping the focus on varietal characteristics.The Sangiovese grape has a long history of being widely planted in Tuscany, Italy where it is used in Chianti production.
Sangiovese requires time and care to display its richness, so the winemaking process must be gentle and deliberate. The grapes were partly hand-harvested in the crisp and cool early morning to ensure bright and focused acidity.
Food Pairing Notes
The Terra d’Oro 2016 Sangiovese is vegan friendly and the original potluck wine. For a delicious meal, enjoy with Tuscan gnocchi topped with a sage and butter sauce or rustic pork ragu and great company.