Today marks the release of not one, but two new wines from the lovely 2010 vintage. They are both, of course, heavy on the house favorite, Rodeno clone Sangiovese. They are both, as you might expect, made in small volumes (58 and 70 cases respectively).
First, with all the 2009 Sangiovese sold (merci), we have the pleasure of releasing the 2010 -- at the same price. Although its specs are identical to those of its predecessor except for the vintage, this wine exhibits a refreshing charm I find quite appealing. I believe I'm channeling Randall Grahm, and I'm still on my first glass of wine. (Read his Been Doon So Long if you haven't already.)
Last (see what I mean?), we introduce the inaugural vintage of Faraona, our super-Tuscan blend of 75% Sangiovese and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. We were blessed with some unsold Cabernet grapes in 2010 and decided to make them into wine for Villa Ragazzi (stay tuned for a 100% Cabernet release next year). Although leery of the propensity of Cabernet to overpower Sangiovese, we did some trials and surprised ourselves by agreeing that an addition of 25% Cabernet made a wine we would be very happy to drink, and share. Grownups deserve treats, too.