We separate a small section of our hilltop high-density Sangiovese block from La Croce to demonstrate the true potential of the varietal on the vineyard. This block is significant in that outside Montalcino, investment on this level into the Sangiovese grape is non-existent. Sangio degli Angeli comes from one small sub-section of the high-density Sangiovese vineyard in which Ruben replanted our beloved and mysterious “Rodino” Clone. The rest of the block, much of it destined for La Croce, is planted to Clone 23, material that Alberto Antonini selected for the hilltop. The Sangiovese grows directly above Ruben’s house on the vineyard. Certainly, no other Sangiovese in the world is babied to this extent.
Along with deep ruby red fruit, aromas of flint, roasted meat and a touch of clove all emerge with the first swirl around the glass.
In the mouth, the wine is robust and deep. Sangio degli Angeli is always larger, firmer, and more intense than the main bottling, Estate Sangiovese. In a frost year of reduced yields, Sangio degli Angeli becomes even more of a power house. It was our first frost year, 2008, when Sashi decided the quality of this block justified designating it as a separate Angeli cuvee.