2015 Saggi - 1.5L

2015 Saggi - 1.5L
2015 Saggi - 1.5L

Among Tuscany's oldest and most prestigious wine families, Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari teamed with Allen Shoup to produce a wine that showcases Washington state's terroir with plenty of Italian character. Saggi (meaning "wisdom") is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.

An early spring and hot weather conditions during the summer growing season defined the 2015 Columbia Valley vintage. Building on the success of our ongoing canopy management program, we worked with growers throughout the season to hand-prune and trim each vine for good airflow inside the canopy while maintaining a uniform fruit zone. By September and into October, conditions returned to a more typical Columbia Valley weather pattern marked by warm days and cool nights to yield small berries with thick skins that produced high quality, fruit-forward wines. 

Hand-harvested grapes were brought to the winery in small lots and crushed, then 5-10% of the juice was removed from the tank at the beginning of fermentation, a technique known as saignée used to enhance richenss and concentration. Extended maceration in small, two-ton tanks for an average of 30 days provided for optimal extraction and helped broaden the finished wine's mid-palate. Aged 18 months in all French oak barrels, 55% new.

A striking, brilliant garnet-colored wine with ripe red cherries, fresh fig and Grenadine aromas and flavors wrapped around a core of bright fruit and integrated layers of sweek oak. Lush and generous on the entry, the mid-palate is rich and vibrant before gaining focus on a finish that shines with polished, refined tannins and great balance. 

94 POINTS - JEB DUNNUCK

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Vintage2015
VarietalSangiovese
Varietal Composition62% Sangiovese
28% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Syrah
AppellationColumbia Valley
Acid0.58g/100 ml
PH3.71
Alcohol15.20%
Wine StyleRed Wine
Volume1.5 liter

2015 SAGGI - 94 POINTS

"Crème de cassis, ripe black cherries, licorice, and toasty oak all emerge from the 2015 Saggi, which is a blend of 62% Sangiovese, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah. With an inky color, full-bodied richness, fine, polished tannin and a great finish, it's another terrific wine from this estate that's going to evolve beautifully for 10-15 years."

 

2015 SAGGI - 93 POINTS

"Shows cherries, chocolate and hints of cedar. Medium-bodied, tight and focused with a fine and silky finish. Pretty blend of 62% sangiovese, 28% cabernet sauvignon and 10% syrah. Drink or hold."

 

 

 

 


Like previous vintages, the 2015 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 and yields fruit with dark, ripe cassis aromas and flavors. Conditions are slightly cooler in the Yakima Valley, giving Boushey Vineyard Sangiovese its bright, lively character. The Wahluke Slope's Stone Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon supplies bright, lively character. Bacchus Vineyard Syrah, grown east of the Tri-Cities, adds elegance and heightened color. 


Among Italy’s oldest and most prestigious Tuscan wine families with a winemaking history dating back to the late 1700s, Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari are the inspiration behind winemaker Gilles Nicault's Saggi.
 
Today, Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari Tenute, conceived by this father-son team as a collection of small, beautifully located vineyards producing primarily Tuscan “grand crus,” is recognized for its distinctive, small-production wines from the family’s numerous estates. The vineyards are managed using modern viticulture techniques including dense planting and careful clonal selection and research. Both Ambrogio and Giovanni, a University of California at Davis enology graduate, are directly involved in winemaking and are dedicated to high quality wines that reflect the vineyard’s terroir.
 
Prior to launching A. & G. Folonari Tenute, Ambrogio was the president of Ruffino, originally purchased in 1912 by Ambrogio’s grandfather. While at the helm of Ruffino, Ambrogio was an outspoken advocate for Italian wine quality and took Ruffino in a new and original direction. In the late 1960s, the company began focusing on high-quality wines and in 1971 purchased Nozzole, a famous estate located near Greve in the heart of Chianti Classico. In the 1980s, Ambrogio created Cabreo, a unique combination of tradition and innovation including Cabreo Il Borgo (red), a blend of traditional Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, while La Pietra is Chardonnay from Tuscany, fermented and aged in oak. These wines were among the first in a new group of top wines now widely known as “Super Tuscans.”
 
In 2000, Ambrogio and Giovanni left Ruffino to focus on small-lot, estate-grown wines, committing to reinvesting, developing and expanding vineyard holdings in the interest of producing high-quality wines. Their portfolio, distributed in the U.S. by Kobrand, includes:

  • Nozzole Estate (Chianti Classico, Super Tuscan, Chardonnay)
  • Cabreo Estate (Super Tuscans)
  • TorCalvano di Gracciano Svetoni Estate (Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montepulciano)
  • La Fuga, Montalcino Estate (Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino)
  • Conti Spalletti Estate (Chianti Rufina, Chianti, Rosso Toscano)
  • Campo al Mare Estate (Bolgheri DOC, Vermentino IGT)
  • Vigne a Porrona Estate (Montecucco, Morellino, Maremma)
  • Ronco dei Folo Estate (Colli Orientali del Friuli, Pinot Grigio, Tocai, Sauvignon)

Giovanni and his wife Eleonora live with their three children at the Cabreo Estate in Greve, 30 minutes from Florence.

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