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  1. LA CHERTOSA 2018 SANGIOVESE RESERVE ( SAM SEBASTIANI'S) NEW WINERY SONOMA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_200007
    Bottle Size: EACH
    GREAT NEWS SAM SEBASTIANI IS BACK IN THE WINE BUSINESS!
    ONLY 100 CASES PRODUCED EACH VINTAGE


    WINE ENTHUSIAST POINTS - "Sonoma Valley stalwart Sam Sebastiani returns to the winemaking fold with this small-production Sangiovese. A juicy study in robust, powerful tannins and fresh plum, it has a trace of anise on the back of the palate. Blended with 8% Petite Sirah and 4% Malbec, it spent a year in older French oak barrels and is a delicious California version of the Italian classic."

    FRUIT FORWARD WITH NOTES OF RED RASPBERRY AND DELICATE ROSE PETAL

    SHOWCASES HINTS OF SONOMA'S RED SOIL, SIMILAR TO THAT OF THE GRAPE'S NATIVE TUSCANY

    GOLD MEDAL
    -- PRESS DEMOCRAT NORTH COAST WINE CHALLENGE

    GOLD MEDAL
    -- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

    SILVER AWARD
    -- SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

    SILVER MEDAL
    -- LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL WINE AWARDS

    SILVER MEDAL
    -- CRITICS CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION


    La Chertosa is named for the magnificent 14th century Renaissance monastery in the Tuscan valley of Farneta, Italy where the Sebastiani ancestral roots began. Here Sam's grandfather Samuele Sebastiani learned from the monks to make wine in the "Old World" style. Samuele came to Sonoma in 1893, and found that Sonoma closely resembled faraway Farneta in three ways; it boasted a mild Mediterranean climate, had the same Mediterranean red soils and was blessed with gently sloping hillsides. He founded Sebastiani Winery in 1904, one of the first wineries in California and employed the time-honored techniques taught him by the Carthusian monks in Farneta, to create in Sonoma, the winemaking style Sam continues in crafting the harmonic flavors in La Chertosa wines.

    La Chertosa wines can be purchased at fine wine locations in California, Nebraska and Colorado or by visiting www.lachertosawines.com. La Chertosa will release its Sonoma Valley Reserve Chardonnay, a Sonoma Valley Reserve Sangiovese, and the Amador County Zinfandel shortly. La Chertosa was chosen by Wine Business Monthly a "Hot Brand designation.
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  2. ROBERT FOLEY 2016 CHARBONO NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_256740
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Notes from Winemaker Robert Foley: "The Charbono shows a rare combination for a California red of thorough ripeness and bright tangy acidity. The beautiful deep, opaque ruby color provides a visual clue to the ripeness, which shows again in aromas of mixed berry fruit jam and vanilla. The full mid palate is framed with lively acidity that gives way to velvety soft tannin in the finish. This is a very versatile food wine!

    "Charbono is one of the lost grape varieties – almost. Recent reports indicate there are only about 70 acres of this variety in existence, half of this in Napa county. The original cuttings were imported to Calistoga in the Napa Valley from the Savoie region in the French Alps in about 1880. Its original name was Doux Noir, or "soft black," later called Charbonneau (carbon water). Subsequently, Charbono was wiped out in Europe by the Phylloxera root louse infestation. Some believed it to be the Italian grape variety Dolcetto but this was proven not to be the case through genetic testing. After repeal of Prohibition in the U.S., Charbono was used by Inglenook for blending with their new Cask Cabernet wines and small amounts were bottled as varietal wine. I tasted the 1968 Inglenook Charbono from cask in 1969 and was inspired to become a winemaker with that taste."
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