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2018 Hillside Sangiovese

2018 Hillside Sangiovese
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No Single Block has evolved over the years as much as Hillside.  This is a wine that has "grown up" with every consecutive vintage.  It was our 2015 Hillside that so impressed the judges at the California State Fair, they awarded it "Best Sangiovese in California." 

This vintage is Sangiovese Piccolo coming from the hillside on our ranch-house parcel and our neighbors at Reward Ranch. Sangiovese grapes for this selection were originally sourced from Isole e Olena in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy.

99% Sangiovese - .5% Teroldego - .5% Alicante Bouschet

"Sangiovese explorer Rusty Folena brings us another masterful expression from the estate block known as Hillside.  Full throttle mixed cherry fruit is complemented by gentle oak spice and medium toast character, and bracing acidity makes the flavors last and last.  This guy is still managing to fly somehwat under the radar - I would say he is a talent worthy of much wider recognition." 94 points - Rich Cook, (5/2021)

"Concentrated and complex, this full-bodied wine combines rich plum and black-cherry flavors with accents of rosemary and cedar.  A moderately tannic texture gives it a nice grip on the palate.  Best from 2024." 92 points - Wine Enthusiast (7/2021)

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Wine Specs
Shenandoah Valley, CA
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Ron Wisniewski's Gravatar
Ron Wisniewski
(Apr 6, 2021 at 8:13 PM)
Italian Sangiovese is my thing. Very few California Sangios can match those that come from a good vintage in Italy. However, in my opinion, the Hillside Sangiovese is the best CA Sangiovese I’ve had. Along with Marmellata, it is a Sangiovese that can match an excellent Chianti Classico or Brunello. It is a well-balanced Sangio with good acidity, nice cherry notes but not too ‘hot’ with an ABV of 14.1%. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys Sangiovese. You won’t be disappointed.

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