2009 Valley of the Moon Sonoma County Sangiovese Newly Released
Unlike most wines, Sangiovese reaches its appealing best in a blend with other grape varieties. Valley of the Moon Winery always has made Sangiovese as a blend, and the newly released 2009 Valley of the Moon Sonoma County Sangiovese shows just how tasty that blend can be.
In Italy, Chianti is strictly regulated. Sangiovese is the primary component of the blend, which also must include other specified (often traditional) red varieties. U.S. regulations require a minimum of 75% of the named grape variety, but allow producers to choose — or not — other grape varieties in the blend. Valley of the Moon selects Sangiovese blend components solely on their ability to enhance the finished wine; in 2009, Valley of the Moon combined 83% Sangiovese with 12% Syrah for fruit complexity, 3% Merlot for polish and 2% Barbera for balance. All were aged in small oak barrels for 18 months before blending and bottling.
Generous aromas of raspberry, framboise (raspberry liqueur), cinnamon and a hint of savory herbs distinguish the 2009 Valley of the Moon Sonoma County Sangiovese. Vibrant raspberry and black cherry flavors are accented by baking spice complexity. This flavorful Sangiovese strikes a fine equilibrium of weight, structure and balance. Approachable now, it shows integrated tannins that promise additional evolution with a year or two of cellaring. Only 2,290 cases of 2009 Valley of the Moon Winery Sonoma County Sangiovese were produced. It is available nationally at a suggested retail of $16.
Valley of the Moon Winery hosts visitors daily at its historic cellar in the Sonoma Valley. In addition to Sangiovese, the winery produces Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Rosato di Sangiovese and Cuvée de la Luna, a Bordeaux-inspired blend.