This newcomer Italian varietal is sourced from the cooler climes of Sonoma. Perhaps that’s what accounts for its satisfying roundness and depth of flavor. As a varietal, it’s often confused with Sangiovese, but a side-by-side tasting of Saddleback’s Napa Valley Sangiovese and new Montepulciano would not be confusing at all: the Sangio is a rich ruby color with a brighter acid and the Montepulciano is a deep scarlet, with darker fruit that relaxes on the palate. Pair with veal or chicken marsala, Braciole (Italian braised beef), spaghetti & meatballs.
Drink now - +5-10 years | 14.5% ALC | Russian River Valley/Sonoma AVA