The Sangiacomos are third generation farmers in Sonoma with fifteen different vineyards and more than 100 individually farmed sites located in Carneros, Sonoma Coast, Petaluma Gap and Sonoma Valley. Until recently they exclusively sold grapes to the top wineries in Sonoma and elsewhere. However, wishing to make something more from the fruits of their labor, they recently ventured into producing premium wines on a modest scale.
The three wines reviewed here are among Sangiacomo’s early releases. After tasting them, we can report that they are terrific wines that auger well for the future. The wines are sourced from Sangiacomo’s magnificently farmed vineyards, and the wines are crafted by talented veteran winemake James MacPhail. As noted quantities are very small, under 300 cases per label at present, so readers interested in purchasing these wines or joining their “Club Famiglia” should contact the winery soon. Tel: (707) 934-8445
Sangiacamo 2018 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast ($55) 93 The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a lovely wine revealing rich aromas of orchard fruit and light toasty oak. Barrel fermented with battonage every two weeks followed by 10 months of aging in 30% new oak, it reveals a rich creamy mouth feel and is both fresh and complex on the palate and offers a wonderfully persistent finish.
Sangiacamo 2018 Four Siblings Sonoma County ($65) 95 The 2018 Four Siblings is an extraordinary Chardonnay, certainly among the finest Chardonnays we have tasted this year from California. Sourced from the Heritage Block of Sangiacomo’s 50-year old Green Acres Vineyard, the Four Siblings is elegant and refined offering aromas of white peach, citrus and floral notes. On the palate it reveals a rich minerally mouth feel with excellent tension, crisp acidity and a lingering finish. Superb!
Sangiacamo 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast ($60) 92 The 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is a delicious, medium to dark ruby wine offering aromas of red berries and plum. On the palate it reveals delicate and spicy black raspberry with a hint of toasted oak. Aged 10 months in 35% new French oak, the wine is nicely balanced with round tannins and a juicy finish.