Auction 23 | Lot No. 127
5 cases produced
- This wine is an age-worthy, Old World Sangiovese—the only one of its kind in Napa Valley
- Your Premiere Napa Valley Sangiovese is from 20-plus-year-old vines, very rare to find in Napa Valley
- Sourced from amazing rocky soils in the Oakville nested appellation
- Aging for 22 months in a mix of 70% new Hungarian and French oak—longer than normal for Sangiovese
Our "Riserva" Sangiovese is our homage to the traditional, Old World wines. Grapes are sourced from older vines in rocky soils in the Oakville nested appellation, which are known for producing bold, iconic red wines. The strength of this vineyard yields Sangiovese with outstanding tannin structure, allowing for extended barrel aging in 70 percent new Hungarian and French oak - unusual for this variety. A warm fermentation and barrel aging regime produces lively notes of wild blackberry and cola, sprinkled with baking spice and cloves.
Winemaker, Luna Vineyards
Traveled to work harvest abroad, always returning to Napa Valley. I have been at Luna for 9 years, previously working at Moone Tsai, Rombauer and Bealieu Vineyards in the Napa Valley.
Country born: United States
Education: Foreign study in New Zealand and Australia. UC Davis Extension Winemaking Certificate. My most influential mentors in California have been Philippe Melka and Tom Peterson.
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
I aim to make food friendly wines that are elegant, yet powerful and ageable. I prefer minimal intervention to allow the vineyards to show their individual characteristics.
Second Street Restaurant
4022 River Park Drive
Suffolk VA 23435
Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection