La Chertosa Reserve Sangiovese 2015
La Chertosa is named for the magnificent 14th century Renaissance monastery in the Tuscan valley of Farneta, Italy where the Sebastiani ancestral roots began. Here Sam’s grandfather Samuele Sebastiani learned to make wine in the “Old World” style.
Samuele came to Sonoma in 1895, and found that Sonoma closely resembled faraway Farneta in three ways; it boasted a mild Mediterranean climate, featured red soils similar to Farneta; and was blessed with gently sloping hillsides. Noting these similarities, Samuele planted grapevines and in 1904 founded Sebastiani Winery, one of the first wineries in California.
It was here that both Samuele’s son August and his grandson Sam, learned the art of making wine in the Classic Old World style. “Old World” style encompasses all the instruments to blend and create a harmony of pleasing notes, a style which was much better understood by the winemakers of the old world.
From Sam Sebastiani's new venture – the 2015 Reserve Sangiovese. Sangiovese is generally a prolific producer. However, a three year drought stressed the vines culminating in less production of fruit, but also increasing the flavor. This is one of the most full-flavored vintages in many years. Grapes are sourced from the Wildwood Vineyards in North Eastern Sonoma Valley. The Sebastiani family has been making wines from grapes grown on this vineyard for almost 100 years. The 2015 La Chertosa Reserve Sangiovese is ruby-red in color, has balanced tannins and the delightful aromas and flavors of slightly tart raspberry and cola. This wine pairs well with many foods and would be a welcome addition to any dinner party. Only 110 cases made!