Where's my costume?!
I should be out trick-or-treating, but my witch's hat has gone astray. Besides, it's raining tonight in Napa Valley. So I'll pour myself a glass of wine and tell you what's new with Villa Ragazzi instead. We actually do have some news to report.
Today marks the release of not one, but two new wines from the lovely 2010 vintage. They are both, of course, heavy on the house favorite, Rodeno clone Sangiovese. They are both, as you might expect, made in small volumes (58 and 70 cases respectively).
First, with all the 2009 Sangiovese sold (merci), we have the pleasure of releasing the 2010 -- at the same price. Although its specs are identical to those of its predecessor except for the vintage, this wine exhibits a refreshing charm I find quite appealing. I believe I'm channeling Randall Grahm, and I'm still on my first glass of wine. (Read his Been Doon So Long if you haven't already.)
Last (see what I mean?), we introduce the inaugural vintage of Faraona, our super-Tuscan blend of 75% Sangiovese and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. We were blessed with some unsold Cabernet grapes in 2010 and decided to make them into wine for Villa Ragazzi (stay tuned for a 100% Cabernet release next year). Although leery of the propensity of Cabernet to overpower Sangiovese, we did some trials and surprised ourselves by agreeing that an addition of 25% Cabernet made a wine we would be very happy to drink, and share. Grownups deserve treats, too.
St. Supery 1999 Limited Edition Rutherford. Period.
To prove that we drink wines other than Sangiovese here's the evidence from last night's cellar selection, served with rare ribeyes and grilled mushrooms. There's a story behind this unique label, as it represents one of many blending debates won by winemaker Michael Scholz. We had a Limited Edition Rutherford Cabernet label ready for this wine, but Scholzie was unwilling to add 2% more to the blend to make it a legal (75% minimum) Cabernet. This label, created just for the 1999 Rutherford not-quite-Cabernet, has never been used again. Scholzie must have been right, because the wine is still delicious -- rich and chocolately, with fine tannins and lush fruit.