Windsor Oaks 2014 Sangiovese, Summit Blocks, Chalk Hill, Sonoma
A rare find, Sangiovese from one of the elite growing regions of California. Chalk Hill is famous for full-bodied Cabs, Merlots and even Chards, but this unique corner of Sonoma County has the perfect balance of warm climate and high altitude that Sangiovese thrives in. Windsor Oaks Vineyards have 700 acres planted to prime varietals, most of which are contracted to boutique wineries. But each vintage they bottle a little bit of their own. This Sangiovese grows in the highest blocks of their estate vineyard with rocky, swirled, basalt volcanic soils. These low yielding blocks are known for their intensity and power, with later ripening and deep, rich flavors. They produced just 20 barrels (500 cases) of this and it was the first Sangiovese they'd produced since 2009 so it's a rare bird indeed. Pure crimson ruby color leads into an aromatic nose of black cherries, dried rose petals and tangerine peel. Polished tannins and bright acidity on the palate with vibrant flavors of cherry, cranberry, exotic spice and citrus peel. This is a wine that is delicious now but will also age beautifully over the next 4-6 years. Don't miss it!