Showket Vineyards2002 Sangiovese
(Oakville ~ Napa Valley)
Kal and Dorothy Showket and their son Ziyad moved to Napa Valley in 1988 with the goal of making wine. They purchased a prime, if ravaged, vineyard 600 feet up in the eastern hillsides overlooking Oakville, and wisely hired Pina Vineyard Management to replant what had been devastated by oak root fungus and phylloxera.
With early customers Caymus and Dalla Valle for their Cabernet Franc, they knew they had found a great site. Today with consulting winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett they focus on intensely flavored hillside Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, producing the varietals separately, and then blending them together a la Tignanello, Italy’s most elegant Super Tuscan, with 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
This Sangiovese (99% Sangiovese, 1% Cabernet Franc) is opulent and very Californian with ripe morello cherry, cranberry, violet, and earthy notes. With Heidi Barrett’s benchmark soft, ripe tannins, it is pleasantly supple and round. Still it comes across as seamless and elegant, ready to drink now, but with a long life ahead.
Reviewed December 18, 2006 by Catherine Fallis.
Other reviewed wines from Showket Vineyards
2003 Asante sana
(Oakville ~ Napa Valley)Catherine Fallis 12/13/2006
Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.