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Saggi Red 2010


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Saggi


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2008 Wine Advocate - 91 points - The 2008 Saggi is composed of 45% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Syrah aged for 18 months in 55% new French oak. The wine was made by Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari of Tuscany. Earthy minerals, cedar, smoke, cherries, and blueberries inform the nose of an elegant, smooth-textured, spicy wine that has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. It will offer peak drinking from 2013 to 2023. - Jay Miller

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

2007 Wine Advocate - 91 points - The 2007 Saggi is a multi-regional blend of 43% Sangiovese, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 21% Syrah. It was aged for 18 months in 55% new French oak. Deep purple colored, it displays an expressive perfume of cedar, Asian spices, black cherry, and cassis. Supple and round on the palate, this savory offering has excellent volume, plenty of concentration, and enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years. It will drink nicely over the next 8-10 years. - Jay Miller

2006 Wine Advocate - 92 points - The 2006 Saggi is made by Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari of the well-known Tuscan family whose winemaking history dates back to the late 1700s. The wine is made up of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Sangiovese, and 19% Syrah sourced and blended from several AVAs. It was aged for 19 months in 60% new French oak. This purple-colored wine offers aromas of pain grille, spice box, earth notes, cassis, and cherry. Smooth-textured, layered, and ripe, this well-balanced, elegant effort has ample savory fruit, excellent depth and concentration, and a lengthy finish. It should be in its prime from 2012 to 2021.

Inviting aromas of sweet plums and cherries, shaded by ground coffee and mellow cinnamon and bacon notes. Concentrated flavors of deep cherry, cassis, and blueberry are plush. Fine tannins emerge on the long finish featuring nutmeg, espresso, cocoa, and black pepper and beautiful earthy Sangiovese character. Fans of Super Tuscan blends will find the Saggi 06 a reasonably-priced version of Italy's "rockstar" wines.

The 2006 Saggi is a blend of 42% Cabernet, 39% Sangiovese, 19% Syrah sourced from Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, and Yakima Valley vineyards.

Saggi means "Wisdom" and is tne name chosen by famed Itaian winemaking father and son Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari for their Washington State version of a Super-Tuscan red, produced in partnership with Allen Shoup's LongShadows Winery in Walla Walla.

This wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah from the Columbia Valley.

2005 Vintage Tasting Notes

A hint of sweetness introduces flavors of red raspberry and red cherry, accented by spiciness and a streak of white pepper in the finish. Fruit flavors dominate when first tasted, then darker notes of the fine-grained youthful tannins take over. A floral component accompanies the predominant raspberry fruit scents at first, then toasty oak and caramelized sugar scents mark this as a wine aged in new, toasty oak.

With a style inspired by the "Super Tuscan" wines the Folonaris helped pioneer in the 1980's, Saggi occupies a unique position in the world's pantheon of Sangiovese based wines.

2004 Vintage Tasting Notes

"smooth, chocolatey and dark" - Paul Gregutt, Seaattle Times

Saggi is a wine true to Columbia Valley terroir but with plenty of Tuscan character, made by the famed Folonari brothers Ambroglio and Giovanni Folonari. The Folonaris are among Italy's oldest and most prestigious Tuscan wine families with a winemaking history dating back to the late 1700s. 35% Sangiovese, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Syrah, 14% Barbera.

Layers of black fruit aromas and flavors are woven around a spicy vanilla core. Velvety and concentrated on the palate, this is a lively, well-balanced wine with a rich and lengthy black cherry finish.

The Columbia Valley's 2004 vintage required meticulous care in the vineyard and those who did were rewarded with beautifully elegant, well-balanced wines. Long Shadows resident winemaker Gilles Nicault invested hundreds of hours in the vineyards from the first of the year through harvest after a harsh January freeze left everyone anxious about damage to the vines. Gilles worked with growers to manage crop loads and canopy exposure throughout the growing season. He asked growers to prune to two buds in the early spring, despite freeze damage to the primary buds; thin at bloom; thin and drop green clusters at verasion; and finally, leaf thin in September to open up the canopy and promote even ripening. As a result, Long Shadows' blocks averaged 1 - 2 tons per acre, just slightly less than a "typical" year,

Hand-picked grapes were fermented in two-ton tanks, with particular care given to the Sangiovese, a delicate grape that requires gently handling to avoid green character. Aged in all French oak barrels for 18 months.

From the start, the Folonaris sought to make a wine true to Columbia Valley terroir but with plenty of Tuscan character; and it was the dark, elegant Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon that perfectly complemented it from Alder Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills that convinced they could make such a wine. Only the Syrah (a combination of Yakima and Wahluke Slope vineyards) in Saggi is not from Alder Ridge.

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