112 cases produced Suggested retail price: $36/bottle
The 2013 Villa Ragazzi Sangiovese has considerable charm and freshness, with an intriguing earthiness that hints at its Italian heritage. This vintage shows Sangiovese's typical spicy, red fruit characters and clean, bright finish due to the varietal’s natural bracing acidity, with a hint of French oak and the true red color typical of our unique Rodeno clone. Grown and produced in very small amounts since 1989, our Sangiovese has unusually full body and intense color due to low yields, tiny berries and our vineyard site's suitability for growing high quality Sangiovese. This is a wine with serious aging potential - we've enjoyed 15-year old bottles - and offers great pleasure now. It will reward you with wonderful, expansive aromas if you decant it, or give it a a few minutes to open up in your glass.
2016 Rosato di Sangiovese
100% Sangiovese 100% Napa Valley
23 cases produced Suggested retail price: $28/bottle
Picked early from the Rodenos' home vineyard in Oakville specifically for Rosato, this wine has only 11.7% alcohol and a beautiful silvery, pale salmon color, The naturally high acidity of Sangiovese brings a zinginess we cherish in dry rosé. The 2016 Rosato is a bone-dry, crisply satisfying part of spring and summer pleasures that will evoke happy memories of wine country visits.
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.