Livermore Valley, California
Sangiovese – $165 per 5 gallon pail
Until recently this vineyard was managed by Wente Vineyards and the fruit used for their premium wines and brands. The vines were planted in the SW corner of the Livermore Valley in 2000 and are now 18+ years old.
The vines are thriving in the valley’s well draining sandy loam soil and wines from this vineyard typically express spice and earth complimented by tannin and rich fruit on the nose. The F9 Clone was developed at the University of Florence with cuttings from Tuscany and is known to produce deeply colored and well balanced wines.
The climate of the Livermore Valley is almost exactly the same as that of the St. Helena and Calistoga in the Northern Napa Valley. Morning fog, cold nights, and winds coming off the Bay temper the hot days and allow the grapes to preserve acidity while still achieving ripeness.