C u r r e n t l y A v a i l a b l e V i n t a g e s
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75% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley
62 cases produced
Suggested retail price: $48/bottle
This is the third vintage of Villa Ragazzi Faraona, a “super Tuscan” style blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. The intent is to “amp up the Sangiovese" for those who like a bit more weight or darker color in their red wines.
The trick is to do this without allowing Cabernet to overwhelm the Sangiovese character. Every vintage is different, but at Villa Ragazzi, Sangiovese always dominates the Faraona blend.
The wines were aged separately in one-year old French oak for 15 months before blending.
Faraona (pronounced far-a-own'-a) is Italian for guinea fowl, a game bird raised domestically in Europe. The Rodenos named this wine in honor of a memorable introduction to roast faraona served with a fine Barbaresco at Il Giardino da Felicin in Monforte d’Alba.
This ageworthy wine can be cellared beneficially for 10-15 years or longer, or enjoyed in its youth with hearty, flavorful foods.
This wine won Gold/Best of Class of Region at the 2016 California State Fair commercial wine competition.