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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90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley
42 cases produced
Suggested retail price: $54/bottle
This is the fifth vintage of Villa Ragazzi Faraona, our “super Tuscan” style blend ofSangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. The idea is to “amp up the Sangiovese" for those who like a bit more weight or darker color in their red wines.
Our challenge is to do this without allowing more powerful Cabernet to overwhelm the Sangiovese character. We want Sangiovese to lead this parade.
The wines were aged separately in one-year old French oak for 15 months before considering the blend. To date, Faraona has ranged from 10 to 25 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, with the 2015 at the low end.
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 15 years or longer, or enjoyed in its youth with hearty, flavorful foods.