2015 AX-1 Sangiovese
95% Sangiovese (Altesino clone), 2% Canaiolo Nero, 2% Linsteadt Barbera, 1% Petite Sirah – our AX-1 project aims to make the absolute best Sangiovese on this side of the Atlantic. This is Amador taking aim at Tuscany. Aged 3 ¾ years in French oak puncheons and then for almost another 3 years in bottle, the 2015 AX-1 is a marathon runner – energetic, light on its feet, and incredibly balanced. Abundant notes of pomegranate, blackberry, tart cherry, and sweet tobacco mingle with subtle spice. Crafted for the long-haul for a plate of pappardelle ragu. Or steak and butter mushrooms.
"Winemaker Rusty Folena’s “science project” bottling is always a favorite to taste. He is looking to push the envelope where Sangiovese is concerned, and it’s a joy to taste each vintage. The just released 2015 is on the fresh and lively side, with tart cherry fruit countered with sweet oak spice, and racy acidity tying it all together beautifully. Rusty is becoming a master of the variety. Don’t miss this! Contains 2% Caniolo Nero, 2% Barbera and 1% Petite Sirah." 95 points | Rich Cook - Wine Review Online (6/2022)
"This complex, reserve-style wine offers an aroma of cedar, balsam and green olives that is very Tuscan, followed by hearty, meaty and tangy cranberry flavors, all shaped firmly by moderate tannins and lively acidity. It will be best through 2025." 92 points | Wine Enthusiast (5/2022)
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