(60% Sangiovese, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah)
Columbia Valley, Washington
Like previous vintages, the 2016 Saggi is a blend of two top Washington State Sangiovese vineyards. Candy Mountain Sangiovese is grown in a warm area of the Columbia Valley adjacent to Red Mountain. The vineyard delivers Sangiovese with ripe, black currant aromas and flavors. Cooler growing conditions in the Yakima Valley give Boushey Vineyard Sangiovese its lively red currant and bright strawberry character. Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, grown in the Wahluke Slope AVA, contributes to the wine’s structure and texture. Mature Syrah from Bacchus and Den Hoed Dutchman vineyards, both planted in 1993, add depth and layered complexity.
Handpicked grapes were gently crushed and fermented in small, two-ton tanks, then 5-10% of the juice was removed from the tank at the beginning of fermentation, a technique known as saignée, to enhance richness and concentration in the wine. Small lot, extended maceration for an average of 30 days provided refined tannins and a generous mouthfeel. Aged 18 months in all French oak barrels (60% new).
94 points – James Suckling
92 points – Jeb Dunnuck