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California Grapevine

Nick Ponomareff, Editor & Publisher

 

2016 Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard Pinot Noir

2016 Roberts Road Pinot Noir Label Medium-light ruby; attractive, red cherry and strawberry fruit aroma with herbal and spicy notes; medium body; elegant, red cherry fruit flavors with earthy and mineral notes, well integrated oak, good acid balance, and a silky mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Initially a bit reticent, but developed depth and personality as it aired in the glass making it very enjoyable to drink now, though best to bottle age for a few more years. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; only 64 cases; 100% PN; released May 2018. (Group Score: 16.5, 0/2/1; My Score: 17 [92/100], fifth place)  Volume 44, June 2018

 

2016 Sangiacomo Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Label Medium-light brickish ruby; attractive, red cherry, strawberry, and cranberry fruit aroma with hints of dried herbs, forest floor, jasmine, and sandalwood; medium to medium-full body; moderately intense, silky, red and dark fruit flavors with bright acidity, light oaky undertones, and hints of Asian spices; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Nicely balanced and somewhat elegant in the mouthfeel making the wine very enjoyable to drink now or over the next two to four years. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; 215 cases; 100% PN; released May 2018. (Group Score: 16.4, 1/2/2; My Score:17 [92/100], sixth place)  Volume 44, June 2018

 

2016 Sangiacomo ViMaria Pinot Noir

2016 Sangiacomo viMaria Pinot Noir Label Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, deep, intense, dark cherry, plum, and dark berry fruit aroma with a light peppery note, and hints of cinnamon, jasmine, forest floor, and brioche; medium to medium-full body; nicely balanced, elegantly styled, red and dark berry fruit flavors with bright acidity, hints of Asian spices and cocoa, and a silky mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very appeal- ing to drink now, though best to bottle age for several more years. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; only 81 cases; 100% PN; to be released August 2018. (Group Score: 16.6, 0/2/2; My Score: 17 [92/100], second place)         Volume 44, July 2018

 

2016 Sangiacomo Green Acres Vineyard Chardonnay

2016 Sangiacomo Green Acres Vineyard Chardonnay Label Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, intense, fragrant, apple, pear, and white peach aroma with tropical notes and hints of honeysuckle and butterscotch that devel- oped with airing; medium-full body; pear, apple, mango, and stone fruit flavors with bright acidity, hints of brioche, and some richness and creaminess in the silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Elegant, nicely balanced, and shows good bottle aging potential. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; only 79 cases; 100% Chardonnay; 100% BF; 100% ML; to be released August 2018. (Group Score: 16.6, 2/0/3; My Score: 17 [92/100], first place) Volume 44, July 2018

 

2016 Sangiacomo Home Ranch Chardonnay

2016 Sangiacomo home Ranch Chardonnay Label Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, assertive, green apple aroma with tropical notes and hints of rose petal and lemon curd; medium to medium-full body; citrus, pear, and green apple flavors with bright acidity, spicy notes, and some richness in the slightly creamy mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Showed some elegance and complexity as it developed with airing in the glass. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; only 79 cases; 100% Chardonnay; 100% BF; 100% ML; released May 2018. (Group Score: 16.6, 2/1/2; My Score: 17 [91/100], third place)  Volume 44, July 2018

 

2016 Sangiacomo Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2016 Sangiacomo Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Label Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, assertive, green apple and stone fruit aroma with hints of honeysuckle and lemon curd; medium-full body; supple, fleshy, lemon and apple flavors with a mineral note, and a rich, slightly creamy mouthfeel; lingering after- taste. Nicely balanced and enjoyable to drink now and over the next year or two. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; only 87 cases; 100% Chardonnay; 100% BF; 100% ML; released May 2018. (Group Score: 16.4, 2/2/0; My Score: 17 [91/100], fourth place) Volume 44, July 2018