(58% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah)
Columbia Valley, Washington
Saggi is a blend of two distinct Washington State Sangiovese vineyards, both planted in 1998 on sites with well-draining soils, important to managing Sangiovese’s vine vigor and controlling berry size. Candy Mountain Sangiovese is a warm vineyard that delivers grapes with ripe, black currant aromas and flavors. Boushey Vineyard Sangiovese, grown in the Yakima Valley, is a cooler site that brings brightness and balanced acidity to the blend. Cabernet Sauvignon from Stone Tree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope adds a silky texture to the wine. Syrah adds a darker hue and another layer of complexity.
Handpicked grapes were gently crushed and fermented in small, two-ton tanks, then using a technique called saignée (French for “to bleed”) 5-10% of the juice was removed from the tank at the beginning of fermentation to increase the proportion of grape skins to juice. By increasing the juice to skin ratio, more color, flavor and tannins were extracted from the grapes. Small lot, extended maceration for an average of 30 days provided refined tannins and a lavish mouthfeel. Aged 18 months in all French oak barrels (55% new).
95 points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous Media
92 points – Jeb Dunnuck
92 points – Wine Enthusiast