Spotlight on Sangiovese
Here at Ruby Hill, we like to stand up for underappreciated varietals. Today, we are shining the spotlight on the beauty of Sangiovese, a bright red varietal of Italian origin. Often called by the nickname “Sangio” around here, this grape grows prolifically in its home region of Tuscany, and is the most planted varietal in Italy. In the US, it’s a precious find, with fewer than 1,500 acres planted here in California. We introduced a Sangiovese back in 2007 and have proudly cultivated and shared it ever since.
The relative obscurity of Sangiovese is no fault of its own; the deep purple grapes produce a gorgeous red color and cherry flavors, with incredible flavor variation determined by the growing environment. These gorgeous wines with amazing flavor are well-respected worldwide, especially in their starring roles in Chianti Classico and Super Tuscans and the adaptability for pairing.. In general, however, Bordeaux-style wines have more name recognition in the United States. In the 1980s, a subtle but impactful Cal-Ital movement took hold of the wine scene, wherein California’s wine lovers began to reach beyond French classics like Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir and explore the delicious world of Italian reds, Sangiovese included.
Our Sangiovese, which we are celebrating as March’s Wine of the Month, boasts juicy flavors and aromas you can relish. With balanced elements of fruit, acid, and tannin, it’s a pairing superstar, especially with pizza and pasta, but also with meatloaf, roast chicken, and other medium fare. Our Sangiovese is rustic, robust, and gorgeous, perfect at pizza night and elegant dinners alike. For our wine aficionados enjoying Ruby Hill Sangiovese, expect notes of strawberry, sweet cherry, and dried cranberry on the nose and the palate, joined by ripe raspberry. Through the end and the finish, look for a touch of dark fruit, including blackberries, and a fun whisper of vanilla from oak aging. Don’t forget to take a moment to appreciate the color—a vibrant ruby hue that no other varietal wine can match.
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