2018 Sangiovese, Ruby Grapes Vineyard
Ruby Grape Vineyards is located in Livermore Valley within the larger Central Coast appellation. The east-west orientation of the valley allows the coastal fog and marine breezes to come in from the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay and cool the valley’s warm air, resulting in warm days and cool nights - ideal conditions for producing fully-ripened, balanced fruit. The vineyard soil is primarily gravel with excellent drainage, a soil type that reduces the vines’ vigor and increases flavor concentration in the grapes.
This stunning 2018 vintage opens with aromas of ripe red berries, mocha, fresh herbs, and baking spices. On the palate, robust notes of dark cherry, cranberry, plum and raspberry are accented with lively hints of cinnamon, clove, and wild sage. Together, these flavors are balanced with a lush texture, silky tannins, and bright acidity. Pairs well with wild mushroom risotto, prosciutto pizza, slow-roasted pork tenderloin, and aged pecorino or asiago cheese.