2016 Poggio Del Papa

2016 Poggio Del Papa

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We’ve been a fan of the Sangiovese varietal for years, ever since our family took a trip to Tuscany where the grape dominates the landscape – and the wines. The Sangiovese in this Tuscan-style red blend is sourced from a vineyard in the Oak Knoll region of Napa Valley where the cooler microclimate allows the grape to maintain good structure and acidity, a key characteristic of the varietal. The other varietals in the blend are from slightly warmer, mid-valley vineyards, adding forward fruit and juicy plumpness to the wine. The 2016 Poggio del Papa has a sweet core of blueberry and red fruit flavors – think chocolate covered cherries and vanilla crème. There’s a gentle note of leather across the palate, along with hints of dark roasted coffee. The tannins are fine and chalky and the finish is easy, yet the wine stays lively with bright acidity. This red blend is made for straightforward drinking pleasure and is a versatile food companion. Enjoy with olive tapenade and goat cheese crostini, pasta al pomodoro, ribollita soup, or a nice pan-seared strip steak.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:A Classic Tuscan Style Blend
Cases Produced:650
Aging:17 months in a combination of French oak barrels and ovals, both new and seasoned 
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2028 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

An early bud break followed by warm weather and spring rains brought a rapid start to the 2016 growing season, a near perfect year with beautiful weather from bloom, to berry set, to veraison and harvest. Napa Valley winemakers and vineyard managers worked closely together as the season progressed to ensure grapes ripened uniformly, adjusting vine canopies, thinning fruit and keeping a close eye on soil moisture. The harvest began in mid-August and wrapped up by mid-October, just ahead of the valley’s first significant fall rainstorm.