2018 2018 Saggi
- Winemaker Gilles Nicault
- Appellation Columbia Valley
- Varietal Sangiovese/Cabernet Blend
Inspired by the great wines of Tuscany and father-son winemaking team Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari, winemaker Gilles Nicault crafts Saggi in the style of its original winemakers.
A brilliant garnet-red, the 2018 Saggi is elaborately fragrant, brimming with red cherries, ripe strawberries and notes of nutmeg. Vibrant and well-integrated with balanced natural acidity, this is a textured wine with great richness and flavors that linger across a generous finish. Drinking beautifully now, the wine’s concentration and structure also make it an excellent candidate for the cellar.
The 2018 Saggi is mostly Candy Mountain Sangiovese (58%) with Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) and Syrah (12%). Gilles Nicault has created a sensational, one-of-a-kind blend here. The wine explodes out of the glass with potpourri and anise tones alongside a beautiful core of red and dark fruits. The palate offers tobacco, milk chocolate and boysenberry flavors, serious depth and concentration, insanely good range and an opulent sense of texture. Complex and delicious with firm tannins and a touch of hedonism, this sensational and novel blend with provide drinking enjoyment for another 15 years to come.
There are only a few Sangiovese-dominated wines from Washington, but they tend to be rock-solid. The 2018 Saggi Red Wine is a great example, revealing a ruby/semi-translucent color as well as notes of ripe cherries, leafy herbs, sandalwood, and dried flowers. Medium to full-bodied, it has plenty of richness, velvety tannins, and outstanding length. It opens up nicely with time in the glass and should have 10-12 years of longevity.
This blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah offers aromas of cedar, fresh peat, dark chocolate and cherry. The palate is full, bright and flavorful, full of coffee notes threaded throughout. A warm finish caps it off.
A delicious Sangiovese-dominated blend (58% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Syrah) that is aged for 18 months in 55% new French oak barrels. The first thing you will notice is how pretty this wine is in the glass, showing deep purple with a bluish-ruby rim. Now move to the intoxicating nose of black cherry candy, boysenberry, sandalwood and wet tilled earth. The palate is fruit-forward on the front and moves to earthy and herbaceous on the back palate, along with medium plus acidity, a full and round mouthfeel and chalky tannins.
Saggi is a blend of two distinct Washington State Sangiovese vineyards, both planted in 1998 on sites with well-draining soils, important to managing Sangiovese’s vine vigor and controlling berry size. Candy Mountain Sangiovese is a warm vineyard that delivers grapes with ripe, black currant aromas and flavors. Boushey Vineyard Sangiovese, grown in the Yakima Valley, is a cooler site that brings brightness and balanced acidity to the blend. Cabernet Sauvignon from Stone Tree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope adds a silky texture to the wine. Syrah adds a darker hue and another layer of complexity.