The Folonaris are among Italy’s oldest and most prestigious Tuscan wine families with a winemaking history dating back to the late 1700s.
Vineyards: Like previous vintages, the 2014 Saggi is a blend of our two favorite Sangiovese vineyards, each contributing distinct characteristics to the finished wine. Candy Mountain Sangiovese brings dark, ripe cassis aromas and flavors. Dick Boushey’s Yakima Valley Sangiovese is bright and lively. Cabernet Sauvignon from Stone Tree Vineyard was chosen for its refined tannins that add structure to the finished wine without overshadowing the Sangiovese. Finally, Syrah from the Yakima Valley added complexity and spice.
Winemaking: Hand-harvested grapes were brought to the winery in small lots and crushed, then using a technique known as saignée, 5-10% of the juice was removed from the tank to enhance concentration. Extended maceration in small, two-ton tanks for an average of 30 days provided for optimal extraction and helped broaden the finished wine’s mid-palate. Aged 18 months in 100% French oak barrels, 55% new.