2017 Poggio del Papa

2017 Poggio del Papa

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Our Poggio del Papa is a tribute to the Sangiovese-dominated red wine blends found in the Tuscan region of Italy. Our Sangiovese 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 Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the blend are from slightly warmer, mid-valley vineyards, adding lush fruit and juicy plumpness to the wine. The 2017 Poggio del Papa is a juicy, fruit-forward wine with concentrated flavors of wild blackberries, black cherry jam and plenty of vanilla and spice. Smooth and mouth-coating, the wine shows hints of sassafras/root beer, mocha and a hint of black licorice. This is a lightly oaked wine made for easy enjoyment, an ideal partner for Italian dishes such as steak Florentine and spaghetti carbonara and cheeses such as Pecorino and Taleggio.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:Sangiovese; Syrah; Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot
Cases Produced:700
Aging:18 months in a combination of French oak barrels and ovals, both new and seasoned
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2024 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

2017 began with winter rain, and lots of it, enough to fill reservoirs, replenish groundwater and bring a five year drought in California to an end. Our spring weather was mild, and due to the abundance of water the vines experienced vigorous growth. We were vigilant about canopy management, going through our vineyards and removing excess leaves to ensure the developing grapes had adequate sunlight and air flow.  With just a few summer heat spikes, it first appeared that harvest would proceed at a normal pace, but a heat wave over Labor Day weekend hastened picking during the first two weeks of September. Cooler temperatures arrived in mid-September, giving our red fruit extra time on the vine. Overall though, harvest was early in 2017; the last of Flora Springs’ grapes were harvested on Saturday, October 7.