An interesting mineral note appears on the back of the palate, and firm, silky tannins hold the wine together. The finish is a lush thirty second trail of perfectly ripe, Bing cherries.
The backbone of this 2008 Sangiovese comes from the Game Farm Vineyard in Oakville. The vineyard lies in dense, stony subsoil that mimics mountain growing conditions. It was selected for its Brunello clone and shallow, rocky soil. In these soils, the Sangiovese struggles to produce the highest quality grapes possible. The balance of the grapes were grown in the heart of the Napa Valley. The 2008 harvest was nearly ideal with picking beginning earlier than average. The majority of the 2008 grapes were harvested on September 11th, at an average of 25.7 degrees Brix, under optimal conditions.