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2004 Poggiòlo Rosso, Sangiovese

Poggiòlo Rosso is our first Sangiovese. Tuscan vineyards have long been our favorite wine destination where we seek out Sangiovese-based wines, like Chianti, Brunello and Vino Nobile. It was only natural that when we had a chance to source some Washington Sangiovese grapes with a real pedigree that we jumped on it.

Our 2004 Poggiòlo Rosso is based on the Brunello clone of Sangiovese, from Jim Holmes' efforts at Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on Red Mountain. As a stand-alone variety this wine had plenty of complexity and varietal identity, but also carried the variety's typical higher acidity. Blending in Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon added depth to the aroma and flavor and rounded Sangiovese's angularity. It made it sort of a "mini Super Tuscan."

This is a wine structured for food. It carries plum, black cherry and camphor aromas, with deep black cherry and plum flavors. The Cabernet tannins strengthen the backbone yet don't interfere with the overall satisfying impression of Sangiovese. We chose the name Poggiòlo Rosso (red hill) because of its Red Mountain origin, and to hint at the flavor profile since the word Poggiòlo appears on the label of many Tuscan red wines. This wine is enjoyable now and capable of maturing for 5-8 years.

Blending Detail and Aging Profile

Blending Detail:

  • Sangiovese
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 

Aging Profile:

  • Best from 2004 through 2012
  • Serve cool, 60-62°F


AVA & Vineyard Detail:

  • Red Mountain -  Ciel du Cheval